Kabomba is the most beautiful (Cabomba pulcherima) – aquarium plant of the family Cabomba (Cabombaceae).
Grows cabomba is the most beautiful in reservoirs with stagnant and sluggish water of the south-east of North America.
Long, weakly branching, straight reddish stem cabombe most beautiful when it reaches the surface, the water spreads beneath it and forms leaves that float on the surface. The location of the floating leaves alternately, underwater – opposite.
The leaves have a petiole and the color of the underwater leaves from above varies from olive green to reddish, from below – red. The leaf plate form in floating leaves is whole, up to 4 cm long, and underwater – palchatorassechennaya, about 8 cm wide.
Blooms cabomba is the most beautiful purple flowers, located one by one in the nodes of floating leaves.
Contain kabombu the most beautiful in moderate warm or tropical aquarium , which has groups in the background and middle ground. The plant actively saturates water with oxygen and cleans it thanks to the dissected form of the leaf plate.
Also serves as a good hiding place for fry of some species. aquarium fish or a spawning ground. Kabomba is the most beautiful to conditions content quite demanding. Especially carefully you need to monitor the hardness of the water – it should not be above 4 °.
In the opposite case, the growth of the plant slows down, its leaves become shallow, and the stems die in time. Water temperature in aquarium – 20-28 ° С, pH 6.0-7.0.
It is necessary to replace weekly a quarter of the total water volume in aquarium. Kabomba is the most beautiful needs a bright light. The recommended power of fluorescent lamps used as means of artificial lighting, from 0.5 watts per 1 liter of volume aquarium.
In addition directly above kabomboy it is necessary to arrange the incandescent lamp (power 25-40 W). Within 1-2 hours a day, diffused sunlight will be useful. With a lack of lighting in the aquarium the leaves become a pale light green color, and the stems are drawn out.
If the lighting conditions are correctly created the leaves become colored purple. Recommended day light lasting 12 hours.
Ground for content kabomba finest need a nutritious, fairly silted, lined with a layer of 5 cm thick. As a substrate, you can use small pebbles or sand. The root system of the plant is well developed.
Poor transplant transfers.
To multiply kabombu the most beautiful using cuttings, which are taken from the stem and either immediately planted into the soil, or left as a plant floating on the surface of the water until the roots appear. The stalk is taken with at least three whorls.