Eriocaulon Breviscapum - POT
Plants Per Pot: 3 - 5
Common Name: Erio. Blyxa Type
Plant Use: Foreground
Difficulty Level: Advanced
Light Demand: High
Co2 Demand: High
Fertilizer Demand: High
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Description: Eriocaulon breviscapum, commonly known as Dwarf Spikerush or Eriocaulon Short Cap, is an aquatic plant known for its unique appearance and compact size. Belonging to the family Eriocaulaceae, this delicate plant is native to Asia, particularly regions with slow-flowing or stagnant water. Eriocaulon breviscapum stands out with its small size and intricate rosette structure, making it a sought-after choice for aquascaping enthusiasts.
- Scientific Name: Eriocaulon breviscapum
- Family: Eriocaulaceae
- Origin: Asia
- Difficulty Level: Moderate to Difficult
- Lighting Requirements: Moderate to High
- CO2 Requirement: Medium to High
- Temperature Range: 68-80°F (20-27°C)
- pH Range: 5.5-7.0
- Propagation: Runners, division
1. Lighting: Eriocaulon breviscapum thrives in moderate to high lighting conditions. Providing ample light is crucial for its growth and the development of its unique rosette structure.
2. Substrate: Planting in a nutrient-rich substrate is beneficial for Eriocaulon breviscapum. A fine-grained substrate allows for the establishment of the plant's roots and supports its nutrient uptake.
3. CO2 and Nutrients: This plant benefits from medium to high CO2 levels. CO2 supplementation, along with a comprehensive liquid fertilizer, contributes to its overall health and vibrant appearance.
4. Pruning: Regular pruning helps maintain the compact size and encourages the development of new leaves. Trim any yellowing or damaged leaves using sharp scissors.
5. Water Parameters: Maintain stable water parameters with a temperature range of 68-80°F (20-27°C), a slightly acidic to neutral pH between 5.5-7.0, and soft to moderately hard water.
6. Placement: Eriocaulon breviscapum is suitable for the midground to background of aquariums, where its small size and unique appearance can be highlighted. Plant it in groups for a more impactful visual effect.
7. Propagation: Propagate Eriocaulon breviscapum through the division of mature plants. As the plant matures, it may produce runners, and new plantlets will develop along these runners. Carefully separate these plantlets for propagation.
8. Challenges: Eriocaulon breviscapum is considered moderately to difficult to cultivate, mainly due to its specific care requirements. Attention to lighting, CO2 levels, and water parameters is essential for success.
Eriocaulon breviscapum adds a touch of uniqueness and elegance to aquariums, making it a favorite among aquascapers who appreciate the challenge of cultivating more delicate and specialized aquatic plants. With proper care and a commitment to meeting its specific needs, this plant can become a captivating focal point in freshwater tanks.