Hardwood aponogeton (Aponogeton rig Growing area
Hardwood aponogeton grows in reservoirs about. Sri Lanka in Southeast Asia.
Leaves stigon leaf olive or dark green, changing to brown-brown, if strongly illuminated by artificial or natural light. The shape of the sheet is narrow, ribbon-like, slightly wavy along the edge.
The underground part is a thin, long, branched rhizome. Peduncle – slightly thickened, single ear, about 15 centimeters long, with flowers arranged in a circle.
Flowers have a pair of white perianth, from 6 to 8 stamens, a pair of carpels with two ovules. The peduncle has a falling cover sheet about two centimeters in length. Fruit with seeds and peel.
AT aquarium plant grows to 60 centimeters in height, and a width of from 25 to 35 centimeters.
Hardwood aponogeton is recommended Planted in the background, along the side walls or in the corners of the aquarium. Due to its unpretentiousness, this type of aponogeton is widespread among aquarists, but even under favorable conditions it grows relatively slowly. To create optimal conditions for the content stigon leaf It is necessary to fulfill a number of conditions: the optimum water temperature is 24-26 ° C, but fluctuations from 22 to 28 ° C can be allowed.
When the temperature drops below 22 °, plant growth practically stops; prefers hard water – optimal parameters from 7-8 ° to 12 °; the acidity of the medium should be neutral or slightly alkaline – pH from 5.5 to 8. Lighting in an aquarium it is desirable moderate. Various sources of light can be used as artificial lighting: fluorescent lamps, incandescent lamps, and their combination.
The optimal power of fluorescent lamps is 0.3 W per 1 liter of water, and incandescent lamps – 1 W per 1 liter. Light day should last at least 12 hours.
From natural light, the color of the leaves is brighter than with artificial light. It is preferable to use a moderately silted mixture of small and medium pebbles as a soil, it is recommended to add peat, clay and charcoal to the soil.
Laying the soil must be a layer of at least 5 cm, because Hardwood aponogeton has a well-developed root system.
Breeding stigon leaf occurs vegetatively (seed propagation in the aquarium practically does not occur). To do this, the rhizome is divided into parts, so that each of them has at least two growth buds, and planted in the ground.
Also, the separation of the rhizome can occur in parts with already formed young shoots, when forming 3 or 4 leaves, they are separated from the maternal rhizome and planted in a new place.