Bacopa Australis Is The Easy Keeping Stem Plants For Beginner In Aquarium
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“Bacopa Australis” Is The Easy Keeping Stem Plants For Beginner In Aquarium

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“Bacopa Australis” Is The Easy Keeping Stem Plants For Beginner In Aquarium – The Bacopa Australis is a relatively newer tropical aquatic plant in the aquascaping world. These aquarium plants are a little bit rare than other plants under the same genus like Bacopa Carolianiana and Bacopa Monnieri.

At first glance, these freshwater aquatic plants from southern South America similar appearance to Micranthemum Umbrosum. But, this aquatic tank plant is much easier to care for than the M. Umbrosum.

Bacopa Australis is native to southern Brazil and Argentina (Australis Meaning Southern), and they did not originate from Australia, as might otherwise be assumed from their name.

 

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In the wild, they are commonly found in abundance on the river and lake banks. They often are located in the chalk-rich, crystal-clear, paradisiacal rivers in the surroundings of Bonito in Brazil (Serra da Bodoquena, Mato Grosso do Sul).

They are bushy stem plant which has light green coloration in along parts of them. Under the high-lighting, their leaves may have become slightly reddish.

These foreground aquarium plants have soft and thin leaves in submerged form, and also their growth is loose. They are very different from other bacopa plant species like B. monnieri and B. carolianiana, which appear more rigid and have thicker leaves.

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Under good lighting conditions, sometimes the Bacopa Australis are developed along the substrate, similar to Hemianthush micranthemoides.

They also can be planted in the aquarium with has moderate lighting. This aquarium stem plant species still grow well and tend more upright.

Adding some fertilizer is unnecessary for them, but the targeted fertilization will offer stronger growth, and the green color is more intense.

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They also can be lived without adding CO2 Injection, but their rate growth will increase significantly with CO2 Injection.

The substrate with rich-nutrients also can improve their growth and health, although they also can be lived on standard substrates like gravel or sand.

Since these aquarium midground plants originate from the subtropical areas, which relatively cool winters. They can also be planted in the aquarium with a temperature below 20 ° C and a maximum of 32 ° C.

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Identical with other tropical aquatic stem plant species, they can be cut back with aquascaping scissors.

Remember, these ground cover plant should not grow too dense because the lower parts of the stem could be decay due to lack of light.

The propagation of these plants is so easy. Just plant the head or side cuttings from healthy shoots to the substrate using the aquascaping tweezers.

The best placement of these freshwater aquatic plants in the aquarium should be in the foreground or midground. This plant becomes a green contrast bush shape plant in the foreground and combined with the red aquarium plants. In a nano aquarium, they can be placed in the background.

 

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As stated above, their habit is almost similar to the native pennywort plant (Lysimachia nummularia), but the B. Australis is not appropriate for constantly high temperatures.

In emersed form, the Bacopa Australis grows to crawl with their branches forms a dense low carpet. Under the intense lighting in emersed form, for example, they will sprout many beautiful tiny pale blue flowers in a sunny area outdoors during the summer season.

They can grow to reach height 5-30 cm in height and width 2-4 cm.

 

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Plant Profile:

  • Major group: Seed plants: flowering plants (angiosperms)
  • Order: Lamiales
  • Family: Plantaginaceae – Plantain Family
  • Genus: Bacopa
  • Botanical Name: Bacópa austrális VC Souza
  • Common Name: Southern Fat Leaf, Bacopa Australis
  • Origin: Southern South America (Southern Brazil and Northern Argentina)
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Growth: Fast
  • Lighting Needs: Medium – High
  • Temperature Tolerance: 4 – 35° C
  • Optimum Temperature: 20 – 26°C
  • Carbonate Hardness: 0 – 21° dKH
  • pH: 5 – 8
  • Carbon Dioxide: 10 – 40 mg/l
  • Nitrate: 10-50 mg/l
  • Phosphate: 0.1-3 mg/l
  • Potassium: 5-30 mg/l
  • Iron: 0.01-0.5 mg/l
  • Propagation: Cutting
  • Plant Type: Stem, Stalk
  • Can grow emersed?: Yes
  • Suitable for Beginners: Yes
  • Availability: Available In Trade
  • Potioning In Aquarium: Foreground, Ground Cover, Midground, Background, Foreground Group

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