Kladofora spherical (Cladophora aegagropila) or, as it is also called, egagropila (Aegagropila sauteri) – aquarium plant family Cladophore (Cladophoraceae).
In nature, the distribution area Cladofora spherical or egagropily – All Eurasia: from the Pacific to the Atlantic. Found in freshwater rivers and lakes.
Kladofora spherical is a colony of green algae, reaching a diameter of 10-12 cm. For large colonies formed in aquariums for several years, the core of the ball is empty, and a dense colony of plants grows on the principle of a ball shell.
For clavofors spherical need aquarium with cold water, in which it will develop evenly throughout the year. Optimum water parameters for content: hardness up to 7 ° (otherwise the colony ball can disintegrate), pH 6-7, temperature 18-20 ° C. If the water temperature exceeds 22 ° C, then the colony begins to grow rapidly and after 2-3 months it falls into pieces, from which a green ball of a new colony will later form.
The process of forming the ball is very slow and can last more than a year. In order for the plant to remain beautiful, good filtration is needed, the flow and regular water changes are up to 30% of the volume. aquarium. If a ball appears on the surface of the ball, it should be rinsed under a stream of cool water and lightly squeezed by hand.
Lighting in the aquarium – moderate. In clear water and in good bright light by the end of the daylight, oxygen produced by the colony accumulates in a ball, and the ball floats to the surface. Overnight, oxygen is absorbed and the colony sinks to the bottom again.
The quality of the soil for the content clavofors spherical It does not matter, because the ball does not attach to the ground and freely swimming in the water throughout the aquarium. it aquarium plant It is not only a decoration of the aquarium, but also a good natural filter that passes through a large amount of aquarium water.
In addition to the spherical shape, kladoforycan be kept flat. To do this, the ball is cut with scissors (before that it must be thoroughly rinsed under running water) and leveled, tying the fishing line to a large flat stone.
After some time, the line is almost invisible. As a result, we have a very cute green island.
Breeding spherical clades occurs by dividing the colony and forming new balls.