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(Hygrophila difformis)
Quick Care FactsCare Level: Easy
Lighting: Medium
Maximum Size: 20"
Placement: Background
Water Conditions: 74-84° F, pH 6.0-7.5, KH 3-8
Propagation: Cuttings
Color Forms: Green
Supplements: Iron, Potassium, Trace Elements, Substrate Fertilizer, CO2 Supplementation
Origin: Southeastern Asia
Family: Acanthaceae
Species Information
Hygrophila difformis, also known as Water Wisteria and Wisteria, is a beautiful species that can be found within marshy habitats of southern Asia. As its scientific name suggests, its forked, fern-like leaves will vary in form and appearance under different conditions. Its sturdy, bright-green, forked leaves provide an attractive contrast to other leaf shapes and make excellent cover for invertebrates and fry.
Aquarium Care
Wisteria requires a moderate lighting intensity of at least 2 to 3 watts per gallon from full spectrum (5000-7000K) bulbs. With a nutrient-rich substrate and regular dosing of high quality liquid nutrients (iron, potassium, and trace elements), Wisteria will thrive and grow rapidly. Provide CO2 injection more robust and vigorous growth.
Wisteria is very effective for inhibiting algae growth and removing excess nutrients and organic waste from the water column as well as releasing plenty of oxygen.
Propagation Information
Propagation of Wisteria is done by cutting the top half of a strong stem and replanting it in the substrate after removing any leaves from the bottom inch of the stem. The "parent" stem will quickly develop new shoots and over time, this process can develop lush, bushy specimens.
In addition, new growth will develop from nodes on strong, established stems that are right above the substrate's surface, and over time the growth can creep across the substrate to new areas.
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