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Hygrophila Balsamica
  • Hygrophila Balsamica

Hygrophila Balsamica

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Common Name: Giant Aqua Rose

Plant Use:

Difficulty Level: Easy

Light Demand: Low

Co2 Demand: Low

Fertilizer Demand: Low


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Plant Pictures shown are of Submersed Grown Plants in Aquariums under Optimum Plant Growing Conditions. Plants Sent are grown in Farms in Emmersed or Submersed Conditions depending on variety. Hence, Plant/Leaf Structures may vary from that shown in pictures. When they are grown submersed in aquariums under Optimum Growing Conditions as required by the Plant (Light, Co2 and Nutrients) they will get the appearance as shown in pictures

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Description: Hygrophila balsamica, commonly known as Indian Swampweed or Hygrophila "Compact," is a distinctive stem plant appreciated for its unique appearance and vibrant colors. Originating from Southeast Asia, this species belongs to the Acanthaceae family and is a popular choice among aquarium enthusiasts for its striking red and green foliage. With its compact growth habit and eye-catching leaves, Hygrophila balsamica adds a splash of color and visual interest to freshwater aquariums.

Plant Information:

  • Scientific Name: Hygrophila balsamica
  • Family: Acanthaceae
  • Origin: Southeast Asia
  • Difficulty Level: Moderate
  • Lighting Requirements: Medium to High
  • CO2 Requirement: Low to Medium
  • Temperature Range: 68-82°F (20-28°C)
  • pH Range: 6.0-7.5
  • Propagation: Cuttings, Side Shoots

Growing Information:

1. Lighting: Hygrophila balsamica thrives in medium to high lighting conditions. Adequate light is essential for maintaining vibrant colors and promoting compact growth.

2. Substrate: Plant in a nutrient-rich substrate to provide essential nutrients for healthy growth. The use of root tabs or liquid fertilizers can enhance the nutrient content in the substrate.

3. CO2 and Nutrients: While it can tolerate low to medium CO2 levels, supplementing with CO2 can enhance growth and coloration. Regular dosing of a complete liquid fertilizer ensures the plant receives necessary nutrients.

4. Pruning: Regular pruning is beneficial to maintain the desired shape and prevent the plant from becoming too leggy. Trimming the top portions encourages lateral growth and creates a bushier appearance.

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: Hygrophila balsamica is suitable for midground or background placement in aquariums. Its compact growth habit makes it a versatile choice for adding color and texture to aquascapes.

7. Propagation: Propagate through cuttings or side shoots. Cut healthy stems and replant them in the substrate, or allow the plant to produce side shoots that can be separated and replanted.

8. Challenges: Considered moderately challenging, Hygrophila balsamica requires attention to lighting, CO2 supplementation, and nutrient levels to achieve optimal growth and coloration. Adequate care contributes to its success in aquariums.

With its vibrant red and green hues, Hygrophila balsamica stands out as a captivating addition to freshwater aquariums. Its unique appearance and moderate care requirements make it a sought-after choice for aquarists looking to add a touch of color to their aquatic landscapes.



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