Common Name: Mayaca
Plant Use: Background
Difficulty Level: Medium
Light Demand: Medium
Co2 Demand: Medium
Fertilizer Demand: Medium
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Description: Mayaca Fluviatilis, also known as "Bog Moss" or "Stream Bogmoss," is an elegant aquatic stem plant recognized for its delicate and feathery appearance. Belonging to the Mayacaceae family, this species is native to the waterways of Central and South America. In aquariums, Mayaca Fluviatilis adds a vertical accent to aquascapes with its slender stems and fine, branching leaves. The plant's graceful growth pattern makes it a favored choice for creating a sense of height and movement in freshwater aquariums.
- Scientific Name: Mayaca Fluviatilis
- Family: Mayacaceae
- Origin: Central and South America
- Difficulty Level: Moderate
- Lighting Requirements: Medium to High
- CO2 Requirement: Medium to High
- Temperature Range: 68-82°F (20-28°C)
- pH Range: 6.0-7.5
- Propagation: Cuttings
1. Lighting: Mayaca Fluviatilis thrives in medium to high lighting conditions. Adequate light is crucial for promoting compact growth and maintaining vibrant green hues.
2. Substrate: Plant Mayaca Fluviatilis in a nutrient-rich substrate to support its growth. A substrate enriched with iron can enhance the plant's coloration.
3. CO2 and Nutrients: This plant benefits from medium to high CO2 levels. Regular fertilization with a comprehensive liquid fertilizer helps ensure the availability of essential nutrients.
4. Pruning: Prune Mayaca Fluviatilis regularly to encourage branching and prevent excessive elongation. Trim the stems to maintain the desired height and shape.
5. Water Parameters: Mayaca Fluviatilis prefers a temperature range of 68-82°F (20-28°C) and a slightly acidic to neutral pH between 6.0-7.5. It adapts to a range of water hardness levels.
6. Placement: Ideal for midground to background placement in the aquarium. The plant's slender stems create a visually appealing vertical effect, adding depth to the aquascape.
7. Propagation: Propagate through stem cuttings. Simply cut a healthy stem and replant it into the substrate. Mayaca Fluviatilis readily develops roots, and new shoots emerge.
8. Challenges: Mayaca Fluviatilis requires moderate care. Attention to lighting, CO2 levels, and nutrient balance is essential for optimal growth and coloration.
Mayaca Fluviatilis brings a touch of grace and vertical movement to freshwater aquariums. Its delicate appearance makes it an excellent choice for aquarists looking to create visually dynamic and harmonious aquascapes. With proper care and attention to its specific requirements, Mayaca Fluviatilis can contribute to the overall beauty and balance of planted tanks.