Hygrophila Corymbosa "Compacta"
Common Name: Compacta Dwarf
Plant Use: Background
Difficulty Level: Easy
Light Demand: Low
Co2 Demand: Low
Fertilizer Demand: Low
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Description: Hygrophila corymbosa 'Compacta' is a smaller and more compact cultivar of the well-known Hygrophila corymbosa. Commonly referred to as Compact Hygrophila or Dwarf Temple Plant, this aquatic beauty retains the elegance of its parent species while exhibiting a more restrained and tidy growth pattern. With its finely serrated leaves and lush green appearance, Hygrophila corymbosa 'Compacta' is a popular choice for aquarium enthusiasts seeking a manageable yet ornamental plant for their freshwater setups.
- Scientific Name: Hygrophila corymbosa 'Compacta'
- Family: Acanthaceae
- Origin: Cultivated variety
- Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate
- Lighting Requirements: Low 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
1. Lighting: Hygrophila corymbosa 'Compacta' adapts well to a variety of lighting conditions, from low to high. Higher light levels will enhance compact growth and intensify the green coloration of the leaves.
2. Substrate: Plant in a nutrient-rich substrate to provide essential nutrients for healthy growth. The use of root tabs or liquid fertilizers can supplement the substrate with necessary nutrients.
3. CO2 and Nutrients: While it can thrive in low to medium CO2 environments, supplementing with CO2 can boost growth. Regular dosing of a complete liquid fertilizer ensures the plant receives the required 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, creating 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 corymbosa 'Compacta' is suitable for midground or background placement in aquariums. Its more compact size makes it an excellent choice for smaller tanks or aquascapes that require a tidy appearance.
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 an easy-to-care-for plant, Hygrophila corymbosa 'Compacta' is suitable for both beginners and experienced aquarists. Its adaptability and manageable size make it an attractive addition to various aquarium setups.
Hygrophila corymbosa 'Compacta' combines the grace of its larger counterpart with a more restrained growth habit, making it an excellent choice for aquarists looking to add an ornamental touch to their aquariums without sacrificing manageability.