Nitella (Nitella flexilis) or, as it is called, Bleszyanka is flexible – aquarium plant of the family Charovye (Characeae).
Habitat nitella – small oozy reservoirs of North America, Europe and Asia.
Bleszyanka is flexible refers to rootless plants. The leaves have the shape of a finger-chopped plate and are located on an elongated stem in verticils. In each whorl for 5-7 petiolate leaves.
The color of the leaves varies from light to dark green. Stem nitella strongly branched and therefore the plant forms in aquarium dense thickets of matted filiform stems.
AT aquarium, Where contained nitella, the water is more clear and pure, because particles suspended in water settle on its leaves. it aquarium plant carries more practical benefits than decorative.
Since it forms dense thickets, it acts as a wonderful place for spawning. neon, nanostomus and some rasbor. But if damaged glossy flexible releases a substance that acts extremely negatively and destructively on fry and caviar.
AT content glossy flexible unpretentious. Comfortably feels in water of average hardness, at a temperature of 20-28 ° С.
Lighting for this aquarium plants should be strong, but scattered. Transplant nitella not recommended, in this case, the cultivation can achieve better results.
Breeds nitella using cuttings or seeds. AT aquarium in silt shiny glossy planted in the spring.
At the beginning of summer, balls of red or green-yellow color associated with reproduction appear on the stems. The color of the ball depends on the gender: red is male and green-yellow is female. After some time, the red balls die off, and the yellow-green darken and fall to the bottom of the aquarium.
After a certain period of time from these balls will grow new plants.