Botanical design aquariums – a serious and responsible matter. It is necessary to approach selection of plants from positions:
- their compatibility;
- identity of growing conditions;
- capriciousness in everyday life;
- harmony with the living inhabitants of the underwater home.
From this point of view, micrantemoids are one of the acceptable and appreciative options. It is aesthetic, easy to maintain, gives the aquarium an aura of peace and stability.
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There is no definite answer. It may be:
- branches floating on the surface of the water;
- fixed on snags, in the ground or on aquarium design items (strongly grown or with long half-empty branches);
- plants growing in fresh, wet air, preferring to zadad, silted coasts and floodplains of water bodies.
The generally accepted classifier classifies a plant as a ground cover belonging to the plantain family.
Most varieties (montecarlo micrantemus, few-flowered micrantemus, hemianthus) are characterized by a number of common characteristics: a long creeping stem in diameter reaching 0.5 cm; small leaves attached to the stem are whitish, short internodes and able to stretch along the root root (of course, in the near-bottom species). Microtextum Monte Carlo has a developed root system, which contributes to the reliable fixation of the plant in the soil.
With the help of micrantemoids, you can give the aquarium a different character. It is possible to achieve softness using hemianthus: the direction of growth of the planted bouquet can be done by alternately cupping the tops or fixing the expanding branches around the support.
It is grateful to place the micrantemus in the foreground with few flowers. Its bright and dense foliage is often covered with small air droplets – this is the oxygen formed – the plant is characterized by powerful photosynthesis.
In addition, it is a reliable and comfortable cover for fish during spawning or simply having a secret character.
Hemianthus micrantemoids (Hemianthus micranthemoides)
The riot of growth and the intensity of leaf color depend on several factors:
- water temperatures;
- its rigidity;
- acidity index;
- nature of illumination and its duration.
For example, the content of Montecarlo micrantemus is similar to chemianthus. Water: 23-25о, low acidity and hardness within 6-7.
Under conditions that are very different from optimal, the leaves gradually lose their coloring brightness, turn pale, become dull and lifeless. Growth is slowing.
The plant becomes susceptible to diseases and aquatic pests.
A shady micrantemus is an adherent of bright illumination lasting at least 10 hours a day. Lamps can be luminescent or incandescent.
Mikrantemoides loves top dressing, including carbon dioxide. From this bright green leaves look fascinating, especially against the background of underwater moss or fern bushes.
First, it is fish. Juicy and attractive shoots, for example, the micrantemum is few-flowered, especially with young leaves, always in value with “vegetarian fish”. Snacking the stems, the fish condemn the branches to a floating state, which, for some plant species, is possible, for example, hemiantus.
There may be problems due to snails or turtles.
Secondly, the stress for hemianthus is dirty water. Mechanical impurities, settling on the delicate leaves, can provoke the processes of decay and dying. Poorly aerated water contributes to the softening of the leaves, the loss of elasticity and density of adhesion to the stem.
Mikrantemm few-flowered, often located in the foreground of the aquarium, immediately symbolizes the fall of its branches to the bottom and discoloration.
Thirdly, species such as shady micrantemus or montecarlo micrantemus do not like the intense movement of water. They are planted some distance from aerators and sprayers.
This property is similar to the fear of drafts in ordinary potted plants.
It is not necessary to put up with the fact that algae appeared on shady micrantemums. The increase in their number makes it difficult for the leaves to breathe, their metabolism with the environment and the energy reactions that take place inside.
Noticing the beginning of this neighborhood, the bushes should be thoroughly washed under running water and try to root again. Unpretentious nature gives many chances for re-growth.
Stress factors for aquarium plants should be avoided. However, if the first moment of the disease is missed, the affected bushes or branches must be removed.
The settled pieces of food can be simply washed under running water, and defects in the chemical composition of water can be eliminated by regularly (weekly) changing one third of the water in the aquarium.
Using various species of this plant, when creating an underwater ensemble, including with exotic components, you can give the aquarium a natural, natural and comfortable habitat for fish. In dense thickets it is convenient for them to play their own kind. In the bushes with relatively large leaves, you can watch the prey, hiding from annoying neighbors.
And the tangle of coats contributes to the formation of interesting and attractive routes for fish, distinguished by curiosity and the desire to get food on their own.
Today, along with the long-familiar types of the micro-topicme, relatively recently introduced options can be used, which supports the constant interest of aquarists in such an underwater design.