Lemongrass is a popular aquarium plant originally from Southeast Asia. The freshwater plant is so named because of its light lemon scent.
This member of the Acanthus family has another name: a large Indian marsh and Nomaphila (Nomaphila stricta). Lemongrass transforms the pond and acts as an additional source of aeration, and large leaves serve as a shelter for fish.
Lemongrass aquarium grows year-round in good conditions. The life cycle is repeated for decades.
It grows quickly, adding up to 10 cm per week. If growth is not controlled, lemongrass will take up a lot of free space.
Height of lemongrass to 30 cm. The leaves are oval, pointed.
The length of light green leaves is 10–12 cm, width is up to 4 cm. The back side of the leaf is a silvery shade.
The stem is thick and darker than the leaves. The aquarium plant lives in water and on land with a sufficient level of humidity.
At the same time in the air lemongrass grows faster. Rising above the water leaves differ relief and crisp veins.
Flowering is accompanied by the appearance of a small blue flower above the surface of the water.
Under the right conditions of keeping the aquarium plant will delight you for many years.
There are about 10 varieties of lemongrass. In aquarium conditions, only 3 are common.
Artificially tall plant. The shape of the leaves is oblong. More hardy form of lemongrass. It looks like a narrow-leaved hygrofil.
Dark leaves are edged with small teeth and are less common than those of other species.
Variety that forms dense bushes due to the dense arrangement of leaves.
Lemongrass – unpretentious in the care of the aquarium plant, designed for large tanks of 150 liters. Plant the bushes in the background, then the large leaves will not block the view of the underwater world. As you grow, remove overgrown shoots and shorten the stem. Often trimming the stalk accelerates the growth in width, making the bushes more magnificent.
Control the growth of lemongrass by planting it in a pot.
Remember that if the stem has risen above the water level, the leaves under water may fall off.
Place the soil on a clay-peat layer. A layer of soil from 5 cm. The plant loves a silty aquarium substrate with top dressing.
Sometimes fertilizers with phosphorus, calcium and magnesium are required. To make it easier for the green to adapt to a new reservoir, place a specimen with fully formed roots into the ground.
Provide the nomafile with enough light and warm water, and the plant will quickly decorate the aquarium. At 1 liter of water should be at least 50 Lm of luminous flux, so give preference to LED lamps. Luminescent ones are allowed, but they need to be changed more often.
Pay attention to the shade of light, it should not be yellow, otherwise the rapid growth of algae will begin. Highlight the sides of the aquarium.
Turn on the light for no more than 12 hours. The brown stem indicates a fair amount of light.
Nomafila survives at a temperature of 20-30 degrees, the optimal performance of 24-28 degrees. When the index is below 20 degrees, the aquarium plant grows slowly, leaves fall.
Provide water with a hardness of at least 8 dGh and acidity of 7–8.5 pH. The rate of nitrates from 10 mg per liter of water. Weekly, replace 25–30% of water with fresh water with the same parameters.
Water movement should not be strong. If the filter creates a strong flow, use an aquarium flute.
Aquarian nomafila is a sustainable plant that, when it grows, can supplant another flora. Strongly overgrown pistes, in turn, prevent lemongrass from growing up.
Of the aquarium fish, scalarias and antsistrusa are especially dangerous for nomafils.
Lemongrass propagated by cuttings. Cut off the top shoot and place it in the ground. To protect developing roots from digging up by aquarium fish, place the plant in a pot.
For planting, pick up a small container, otherwise the nomafila will develop the root system, without growing up. The stalk can be left unrooted, but the resulting sprouts can grow uneven.
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Publication from Mankin Ryby (@mankinyrybki) March 2, 2018 at 11:06 PST
Greens grow poorly and fall ill with wrong water parameters:
|Low temperature||The leaves remain small and brittle, the stem does not grow|
|Lack of light||Leaves grow dull and disappear, especially lower|
|Lack of stiffness||The plant is destroyed, the leaves fall|
|Thin layer of aquarium soil||Slow growth|
|Lack of potassium and phosphorus||Yellowing and twisting of the leaves, the appearance of brown spots|
|Magnesium deficiency||The appearance of light spots|
|The defeat of the aquarium algae||The appearance of dark villi or dark green growths|
Determine the cause of the poor condition of the plant. Check the hardness, acidity and nitrate content of the water in the tests, find out the temperature.
If necessary, make a healthy additive to the soil once a week, no more than 10 mg per 1 liter of water. Spend all the changes gradually, so as not to destroy the aquarium dwellers and flora. Do not allow lemongrass to be placed in chlorinated water.
Always defend fluid before replacing and use water conditioners. Get rid of the algae drugs from the pet store, combining treatment with 30% water changes 2 times a week and increased aeration. Place a container of water at least 150 cm away from sunlight.
Turn off the aquarium light in time and watch the growth of the nomafila.
A sprig of aquarium lemongrass costs 100–150 rubles. The price for a nomafila in a pot is about 750 rubles.
The experience of aquarists is very different: some lemongrass grows very quickly, which is the reason for abandoning the plant, others have no roots or they grow very slowly.
The combination of lemongrass in the aquarium with floating plants creates an impressive decorative effect. Nomafila is common in Dutch-style aquariums.
Often this plant is confused with hygrophil.