Hydrocotyle Sibthorpioides - MAT (5x4 Inch)
Common Name: Mini Hydrocotyle
Plant Use: Midground
Difficulty Level: Medium
Light Demand: Medium
Co2 Demand: Low
Fertilizer Demand: Low
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Description: Hydrocotyle sibthorpioides, commonly known as Crystalwort or Marsh Pennywort, is a delightful aquatic plant valued for its low-growing and intricate foliage. Belonging to the Apiaceae family, this species is native to Asia and is popular in aquascaping due to its creeping habit and attractive appearance. The round leaves of Hydrocotyle sibthorpioides make it an excellent choice for creating lush foregrounds or ground covers in freshwater aquariums.
- Scientific Name: Hydrocotyle sibthorpioides
- Family: Apiaceae
- Origin: Asia
- Difficulty Level: Easy
- Lighting Requirements: Low to Medium
- CO2 Requirement: Low
- Temperature Range: 68-82°F (20-28°C)
- pH Range: 6.0-7.5
- Propagation: Runners, Division
1. Lighting: Hydrocotyle sibthorpioides is adaptable to low to medium lighting conditions. It can thrive in lower light but may display more compact growth and vibrancy with moderate light levels.
2. Substrate: Plant Crystalwort in a nutrient-rich substrate. While it can absorb nutrients from the water column, a substrate with root tabs or nutrient-rich soil enhances its growth.
3. CO2 and Nutrients: This plant does well in low CO2 environments. While it can benefit from liquid fertilizers, it doesn't have high nutrient demands. A balanced aquarium fertilizer can support its growth.
4. Pruning: Regular pruning is beneficial to maintain the desired shape and prevent excessive spreading. Trim the runners and remove any yellowing or damaged leaves as needed.
5. Water Parameters: Maintain stable water parameters with a temperature range of 68-82°F (20-28°C), a slightly acidic to neutral pH between 6.0-7.5, and soft to moderately hard water.
6. Placement: Hydrocotyle sibthorpioides is well-suited for foreground planting or as a ground cover in aquariums. Its creeping nature creates a carpet effect, adding a charming touch to aquascapes.
7. Propagation: Crystalwort propagates through runners and division. Allow the plant to produce runners, and once they have developed roots, they can be separated and replanted. Division of mature clumps is another method for propagation.
8. Challenges: Hydrocotyle sibthorpioides is considered an easy-to-care-for plant. Its adaptable nature and low maintenance requirements make it suitable for both beginners and experienced aquarists.
With its low-maintenance care and charming appearance, Hydrocotyle sibthorpioides serves as an excellent choice for aquarists looking to create lush and inviting foregrounds or ground covers in their freshwater aquariums.