Bacopa Madagascar (Bacopa madagascariensis) – aquarium plant Bacopa (Bacopa), family Norichnikovye (Scrophulariaceae).
Bacopa Madagascar come from the southern countries. The name itself says that the area of its growth is the island of Madagascar.
The habitat of its habitat: spouting from the ground sources, flooded areas, small lakes and ponds. It grows in the underwater, semi-submarine and above-water state.
It is necessary in aquarium a plant, because it cleans the water and does not allow algae to develop.
Is growing Bacopa Madagascar on the marshes. She has a stemless juicy stem, not more than 4 mm thick. Scions unbranched stalk or stand straight.
The leaves are opposite pairs, covering the stem. Leaf shape is narrow or slightly widening near the stem, up to 3 cm in length, and 0.5-1.3 cm in width.
The top of light green leaves can be sharp and rounded. Blooms purple single flowers, up to 2 cm.
The plant itself grows up to 15 cm.
Bacopa Madagascar planted in front of the aquarium. This is a slow growing plant.
Optimal water parameters for the content of Bacopa Madagascar are: pH 4.8-7.4, hardness 2-10 ° and temperature 24-28 ° C. An important condition for good growth plants is good lighting. If the lighting is not intense, then with the growth of the plant, the lower leaves will fall off. Fluorescent lamps with a power of 0.5-0.7 W / l are suitable as lighting, incandescent lamps can also be used.
The length of daylight should be at least 12 hours. For the soil fine pebbles or coarse sand is well suited.
Breeding Bacopa of Madagascar occurs by cutting: for this, the top of the shoot, 10 cm long, is cut and, without waiting for the roots to appear, they are planted in the ground, deepening the lower leaves. After some time, at the base of the leaves grow roots.
Aquarium plant develops well in a humid greenhouse or paludarium, in a half-flooded state. With good intense light, temperature 24-28 ° C and nutrient soil, the plant grows quickly.
Sprouts from the greenhouse can be transplanted into aquarium.