The nature of the decor of the aquarium depends largely on the vegetation cover at the bottom. If it is necessary to leave the space unoccupied in the middle part, and to otten the beauty of the fish with the greens of the bottom layer, the Japanese glacier will be very appropriate – a plant of expressive character and fluffy look.
Growing up in natural conditions on the coastal belt of water bodies in Southeast Asia, the plant forms dense thickets, the height of which rarely exceeds the average.
According to the classification, this is a group of long-stemmed plants of the family of vodokrasovy. Pointed leaves originate on a powerful stem, the height of which in an aquarium rarely exceeds 10 cm.
Due to its low height, the plant has the appearance of a bush, fluffy and slightly raised above the adjacent bottom areas.
The nodules from which the leaves start are located closely on the stem, which creates a feeling of shaggy and thick.
Sometimes the leaves at the ends are folded, giving the entire outlet a slightly disheveled appearance.
The color of the leaves quite often differ from golden red to bright green. This is the merit of chemical elements that make up the soil and fertilizers.
For example, a reddish tint will give the presence of iron in the soil. And in New Guinea Blixes it is almost impossible to achieve a bright green color.
More often it is yellow-brown.
Blossoms of white small flowers may bloom (in case the required amount of phosphates is present in the water). They are located on thin long stalks and make the plant even more original (video and photos on the Internet demonstrate this process).
Such bushes are located among stony protrusions or against the background of a common green bottom covering. It looks soft and expressive.
Swaying leaves, the length of which does not exceed 10 cm, and the width – 5 mm, look like an oasis, filling an artificial reservoir with lively energy.
Fish in case of danger can hide there, and certain species can be used during their spawning.
Some plants are very fragile and quickly die, for example, Blix Ober. Therefore, the owner must take care of its reproduction in advance.
Regarding the capriciousness of this aquatic plant reviews aquarists are ambiguous. Some consider it unpretentious, others – they speak about the exactingness of the content and do not advise the use of beginners.
Criteria for prosperous conditions in the process of care for the grass of Blix include the following items:
- Water with a temperature of 23-26 ° C (for New Guinean red’s blend – 16-32 ° C);
- pH 6-7;
- Top dressing with pills;
- Powerful filtering;
- Oxygenation and weekly replacement of a third of the water in the aquarium;
- Additional carbonation is desirable.
Particular emphasis is on lighting. A light day is required for a duration of at least 9-10 hours.
The level of the recommended standard – from 70 lm / l. Designers, developing special schemes of lighting and landing, achieve original compositional solutions, increasing or decreasing visually the space, dividing it into zones or merging into a single whole.
It grows well in the presence of organic matter in the soil, in particular the nitrogenous group. Such root dressing contributes not only to reliable rooting, but also makes the leaves strong.
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