Quick Care Facts
• Care Level: Moderate • Lighting: Medium to High • Maximum Size: 20"
• Placement: Midground to Background • Water Conditions: 72-84° F, pH 5.5-7.5, KH 3-8
• Propagation: Cuttings, Seeds • Color Forms: Dark to Lime-Green, Rust, Red
Supplements: Iron, Trace Elements, CO2 Supplementation
• Origin: Caribbean Islands, North, Central, and South America • Family: Onagraceae
Native Habitat and Species Information
Ludwigia repens native habitat, distribution, behavior & aquarium compatibility.
Ludwigia repens is an attractive, fast growing plant that originates in southern North America, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean Islands. Ludwigia repens leaves range in color from dark green to red and depend on the amount of light and nutrients it receives; if this species does not get enough nutrients and light, its colors will become less vibrant and will fade.
How to successfully keep Ludwigia repens in the home aquarium.
Ludwigia repens requires a moderate to high light intensity of 2.5 to 5 watts per gallon from full spectrum (5000-7000K) bulbs. Regular CO2 injection, lean nitrate levels, high phosphate levels, and heavy dosing with iron and trace elements, will help Ludwigia repens produce vibrant coloration and health.
How to propagate and grow Ludwigia repens.
For propagation, simply cut a healthy stem and replant it into the substrate. "Topping" this plant and leaving the rooted portions in the substrate promotes very bushy growth as the plant will produce numerous side shoots. After cutting, remove the leaves from the last node on the freshly clipped stem to insure proper root growth when replanting.
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