Temple - Narrow Leaf
Quick Care Facts
• Care Level: Easy • Lighting: Medium • Maximum Size: 24"
• Placement: Background • Water Conditions: 72-84° F, pH 6.0-7.5, KH 3-8
• Propagation: Cuttings • Color Forms: Green
Supplements: Iron, Potassium, Trace Elements, Substrate Fertilizer
• Origin: Asia • Family: Acanthaceae
Native Habitat and Species Information
Temple - Narrow Leaf native habitat, distribution, behavior & aquarium compatibility.
Hygrophila corymbosa, also known as The Temple plant, is a strong, fast growing species that is native to Asia. The Temple plant has thick stems and broad, bright-green to bronze leaves that make it an attractive addition to any aquarium.
Because of its size and rate of growth, this species works well as a background plant that is not only beautiful, but is perfect for beginners due to the hardiness of the species; The Temple plant is able to endure quite a wide range of conditions, short of outright abuse.
How to successfully keep Temple - Narrow Leaf in the home aquarium.
The Temple plant will thrive under a moderate light intensity of at least 2 to 3 watts per gallon from full spectrum (5000-7000K) bulbs. Due to its rate of growth, The Temple plant should be pruned on a regular basis to keep it from shading its neighbors.
Temple plants require regular dosing of iron-rich fertilizers and trace elements. Additionally, this species will respond to CO2 injection with robust growth. The Temple plant is known to develop an attractive bronzing of its foliage when under high light intensity.
The Temple plant may develop greenish veins with yellowish surrounding tissue if grown under high light intensity with inadequate levels of iron supplementation. Likewise, growth may become stunted if nutrient levels drop too low.
How to propagate and grow Temple - Narrow Leaf.
Propagation of The Temple plant can be achieved from cuttings; simply cut the top half of an established stem and gently replant it in the substrate after removing any leaves from the last node of the stem. The "parent" stem will quickly develop new shoots and the newly planted cutting will quickly develop a root system. Over time, this "Topping" process will develop lush, bushy plants that have multiple lateral branches.
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