(Sagittaria platyphylla 'chilensis')
Quick Care Facts
• Care Level: Moderate • Lighting: Medium • Maximum Size: 15"
• Placement: Midground to Background • Water Conditions: 70-82° F, pH 6.0-7.5, KH 3-8
• Propagation: Runners, Seeds • Color Forms: Green
Supplements: Trace Elements, Iron, CO2 Supplementation, Substrate Fertilizer
• Origin: North America • Family: Alismataceae
Native Habitat and Species Information
Chilensis native habitat, distribution, behavior & aquarium compatibility.
Sagittaria chilensis is commonly known as Broad Leaf Sagittaria, Sagittaria Chilensis or Chilensis, and is green in color, wide-bladed and grass-like. It’s a slow growing swamp plant and can be placed in a variety of different locations within an aquarium.
Chilensis can be planted in bunches or singly in the mid-ground to provide contrast with substrate, rocks, driftwood, and other plants.
Feeding & Nutrition
How to successfully keep Chilensis in the home aquarium.
If noticeable decay occurs on the leaves (it usually starts at the tips), it should be trimmed to prevent it from spreading to the rest of the plant, which can cause the entire plant to "melt". For optimal growth, Chilensis requires a moderate level of light at 2 to 3 watts per gallon with full spectrum (5000-7000K) bulbs.
Good water movement will enhance growth and over time, Chilensis will produce a dense "carpet" across the substrate. Chilensis benefits from CO2 supplementation, and substrate and iron-rich fertilizer as well as trace elements, are essential. The more nutrients that Chilensis absorbs, the more intense its green coloration will become.
How to propagate and grow Chilensis.
Propagation of Chilensis occurs through runners set out by the plant, or by seed production. Allow the new plant to develop a root system and leaves before separating it from the mother plant with very sharp, sterilized scissors.
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