Mayak River(Mayaca fluviatilis) – aquarium plant Mayacaceae family (Mayacaceae).
Grows Mayak River in reservoirs with weak currents on the territory of the Great Antilles and North America.
Stem Maya River thin and long, alternately located on it needle-shaped leaves without a petiole. The dimensions of the sheet plate are small (length up to 1 cm, width 10 mm), it is painted in a light green color with a soft silver shine. The plant reaches a height of 40 cm.
Blooms Mayak River pale lilac flowers. The root system of this plant is poorly developed; it consists of individually arranged lobes of thin roots.
A large number of leaf buds are located on the rhizome.
Mayak River forms dense thickets, so it will be more profitable to look in the background aquarium. This plant has become widespread in aquarists, because it does not require much effort to care for him. Contain Mayaku river at aquarium any size with a tropical or moderately warm microclimate.
According to the parameters suitable water, the hardness of which does not exceed 6 °, the acidity is neutral and the temperature varies between 22-28 ° C. AT aquarium must be filtration and a weak flow of water, as well as the need to regularly replace up to a third of the water in aquarium.
It is necessary to thin out thickets occasionally. mayaki, make sure that it is not shaded by neighboring plants. It grows well and evenly throughout the year.
When transferring to another medium, it is necessary to additionally feed with micro- and macro-elements, as well as carbon dioxide. Lighting for this plant should be bright and scattered. As a means of artificial lighting, it is better to use a combination of diffused sunlight, incandescent lamps (power 1.5 W / l) and fluorescent lamps (power 0.5 W / l).
Duration of daylight hours is up to 14 hours. Ground for Mayaka River should be silted and saturated with nutrients.
As the substrate suitable river sand, laid in a layer of 3-4 cm. In additional feeding Mayak River It does not need, for its nutrition, natural silting is quite sufficient.
Contain and breed Mayaku river can not only aquarium, as well as in the aquaterrarium, humid greenhouse or paludarium in silted soil (a mixture of soddy soil and sand), with high humidity air, ambient temperature of 24-30 mS.
Mayak River propagates by grafting: several separated stems are transferred to a new place, where after some time a young thicket is formed.