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Wednesday, 11 November 2020

Fissidens sp. 'Wayanad'

€25.90
This interesting and very rare variety of Fissidens moss originates from India. The feather-like, soft shoots are about 2-3 mm wide, branched at the base and have a decumbent to ascending growth habit. In the aquarium, Fissidens sp. 'Wayanad' grows slowly and benefits from a good supply of nutrients and CO2. It can be grown in non CO2 aquarium but it will grow very slowly. The small shoots are best tied to driftwood, rock or ceramic moss pads. Alternatively, you can also squeeze them into cracks of wood or stones. Another option is application by "yogurt method".
With its rather spreading, densely ramified growth, Fissidens sp. 'Wayanad' is best suited to be used for aquascaping. This filigree moss is one of the most beautiful epiphytes currently available and can be used for the greening of hardscape in many ways. Its deeply green, delicately textured cushions are an eye-catcher in bigger aquascapes as well as in nano aquariums!

Each portion is: moss grown on Dogwood disc Ø 35 - 40 mm.

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Thursday, 5 November 2020

Tonina fluviatilis

€7.50
Tonina fluviatilis is an exceptional, especially decorative stem plant from the tropics of Central and South America. There it grows emersed and submerged in soft, acid, clear waters, also in blackwater biotopes. It is a member of the Pipewort family (Eriocaulaceae) as well as Eriocaulon and Syngonanthus. Only in recent times Tonina fluviatilis has gained wider distribution in the aquarium hobby. Its thin, branched stems are densely set with lanceolate, only about 1 - 1.5 cm long leaves that are a freshly light green colour with slightly silvery shine under water. As a typical soft water plant, Tonina fluviatilis is suited for appropriate aquariums with soft, rather acid water and high CO2 concentration (about 20-30 mg/l). It prefers also strong lighting. An acid substrate, for example a type of aquasoil, is recommendable, as well as as a balanced nutrient supply, particularly with micronutrients. Its growth rate is only moderate. Tonina is easily propagated by stem cuttings. Tonina fluviatilis looks especially well as a group in the midground to background. With its exotic habit it fits well in tanks with other unusual plants, e.g. Syngonanthus and Eriocaulon species, sharing the same demands with them. It is also interesting for blackwater biotope aquariums, provided that its high lighting and CO2 demands can be covered.


Price per: 3 stems.

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Limnobium laevigatum

€2.75
South-American frogbit is a popular floating plant for aquaria that is rather undemanding and grows fast. Its round smooth leaves are attractive in open tanks, the long roots bring a very natural, primeval feel to the aquarium. Limnobium laevigatum is especially suitable for fish and shrimp breeding tanks, as it removes surplus nutrients from the water very efficiently. The growth habit of the Amazon frogbit is comparable to other floating plants. The floating rosette forms runners regularly, at whose ends young plants grow. In calm-water zones of the aquarium, carpets of these plants will form after a relatively short time, which may lead to uncalled-for shading of the ground. Under strong light, with good fertilisation and high air humidity, emersed leaves may form above the waterline. CO2 injection furthers growth. This plant may even flower in the aquarium, although rarely. Propagation happens automatically. Under optimal conditions you will have a large quantity of frogbit very soon in your tank. Many people don't see how floating plants help an aquarium layout, as they create shaded areas and grow very long vertical roots. However, just these aspects can be integrated into a design. The play of shade and light can create interesting contrasts in a layout, and the elegant-looking roots may have a very decorative effect.


Price per: 5 plants.

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Tuesday, 3 November 2020

Pogostemon erectus

€4.60
Pogostemon erectus, a species from India, differs very much from the standard Pogostemon species in the aquarium hobby. This plant was erroneously imported as Rotala verticillaris, and later on correctly identified by means of its flowers. The light green needle-like narrow leaves grow densely on the stems. The plant is especially beautiful when planted in dense groups in the middle or background. When provided with good light (at least 0.5 W/litre), the addition of CO2 and regular fertilisation, this Pogostemon is not especially difficult in cultivation. When cultivated emerged, beautiful candle-like flower spikes with a characteristic smell will form when the plant gets sufficient light. In aquascaping, this species is best used in the background of an aquarium. Only in very large tanks it can be used further to the front. If it is provided with limited nitrogen it will develop a moderate growth rate, which is easier to handle, if the nitrogen supply is too high it will grow really, really fast. Its fine light green foliage is especially effective neighbouring red or magenta-coloured plants like Persicaria praetermissa. When the shoot tip is cut off, many lateral shoots are formed, so that the group grows very dense after some time. Then thorough trimming becomes a must.


Price per: 3 stems.

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Didiplis diandra

€4.95
Didiplis diandra (De Candolle) Wood, also known as Peplis diandra, originates from the east of the USA, where it can be found on the edges of ponds, lakes and on slow-flowing waterbodies. It is considered endangered in some states. When kept under optimal conditions, it forms small pinkish pods in its axils. Its one-of-a-kind fine foliage makes it a very popular and rather widely spread aquarium plant.
All in all it is not difficult to cultivate, however, it has some requirements that ought to be met to make sure it grows well. There should be sufficient light, i.e. 0.6 - 1 watt per litre. Under less light, the lower parts of the plants tend to die off and rot away. However, please keep in mind that under more intensive light the plant will also need more iron and micronutrients. Faded, pale plants are a sure sign that Didiplis diandra suffers from an iron deficit. It is not absolutely necessary to add CO2, however, fertilising with CO2 results in considerably faster and healthier growth. Nitrate, phosphate and potassium have to be added in regular intervals, as well as iron and micronutrients, which Didiplis diandra craves. When kept in optimal conditions and under lots of light, Didiplis diandra shows colours from orange to red hues. Under less light, the plant tends to stay green.
This stem plant grows up to the water surface, where it throws many lateral shoots and grows very dense. To further a bushy look, just cut off the top shoot, which results in many new lateral shoots. Propagation is very easy, just cut off top and lateral shoots and replant into the substrate.
Didiplis diandra is used in Dutch as well as in nature aquaria as a colour and, due to its highly special leaf form, as a structural accent. It is best planted in the middle or in the background.


Price per: 5 stems.

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Elatine hydropiper

€5.95
Elatine hydropiper was brought into trade as an aquarium plant in 2010 by the aquatic plant nursery Anubias. This plant has soon gained a lot of popularity with aquascapers as wonderful ground-covering plant. It looks like a miniature version of Glossostigma elatinoides. Whereas G. elatinoides can become quite invasive under good conditions, Elatine hydropiper grows only moderately and is thus much easier to handle. 
Elatine hydropiper is widely distributed in Europe up to northern Scandinavia as well as in Siberia and Northern China. In Italy it only grows in the north-west. This species grows in and on ponds, rivers and marshes. The area of distribution reaches very far north, which makes it rather astonishing that the aquarium population of E. hydropiper grows so well in tropical tanks.
This lawn-like fresh green plant with its tiny leaves is ideal for nano tanks and small aquaria, but a large carpet of E. hydropiper is also stunning in the foreground of large tanks.

Price per: 5x5 cm.

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Sunday, 18 October 2020

Bucephalandra sp. 'Hades'

€8.50
Bucephalandra is a wonderful and still relatively hard-to-find genus of plants that captivate many aquarists across the world thanks to their majestic appearance. Bucephalandras are an epiphyte endemic plants from Borneo island. Slow groing rare aquatic plants with a unique appearance. There are more than 200 species available today with different leaf shape and size. In general bucephalandras are hardy slow growing plants sutable for a range of different styles of aquarium. Relatively new to the hobby but gaining popularity rapidly. Because of their low demand are a good addition to any shrimp aquarium. Bucephalandra can be tied to rocks or wood, or have the roots buried in substrate (do not bury the rhizome). They are very hardy plants once they adjust to your tank and can tolerate a wide range of aquarium conditions including temperature, PH, and water hardness.

Price per: plant with 6+ leaves on the rhizome.

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This is medium size Bucephalandra species! Leaf size about 2-3 cm in lenght

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Bucephalandra sp. 'Mini Coin'

€15.90
Bucephalandra is a wonderful and still relatively hard-to-find genus of plants that captivate many aquarists across the world thanks to their majestic appearance. Bucephalandras are an epiphyte endemic plants from Borneo island. Slow groing rare aquatic plants with a unique appearance. There are more than 200 species available today with different leaf shape and size. In general bucephalandras are hardy slow growing plants sutable for a range of different styles of aquarium. Relatively new to the hobby but gaining popularity rapidly. Because of their low demand are a good addition to any shrimp aquarium. Bucephalandra can be tied to rocks or wood, or have the roots buried in substrate (do not bury the rhizome). They are very hardy plants once they adjust to your tank and can tolerate a wide range of aquarium conditions including temperature, PH, and water hardness.

Price per: clump 4x4 cm.

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This is very small Bucephalandra species! Leaf size about 1 cm in lenght

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Hygrophila polysperma 'Sunset'

€3.60
Hygrophila polysperma 'Sunset', or 'Rosanervig' (red-vein) as it was named by the Danish aquatic plant nursery Tropica, was originally cultivated in the mid 1980's. One note of interest about this plant is the white coloration the leaf veins often exhibit. This is not a sign of a deficiency but rather it is believed to be caused by a virus that blocks the production of chlorophyll in the surrounding tissue. This virus, fortunately, is specific to this particular species and poses absolutely no threat to anything else in the aquarium. This beautiful variation of the steadfast H. polysperma, a native of Asia, has become a common but popular addition to the planted aquarium hobby. This undemanding yet interesting stem plant is one of the easiest colored red plants to grow. Its ability to handle virtually any temperature (18-28C), pH (5-8), or hardness in the typical planted aquarium makes it suitable for many applications. While CO2 and high light are not requirements for this cultivar to grow, they are essential in bringing out the nice red to pink color for which this plant is famous. Iron is another factor in intense coloration without enough Fe in the water column, this plant will become pale or, in extreme deficiencies, even white. This plant, like many of the faster growing stem plants, can develop a tendency for horizontal growth and creep along the substrate. This is often caused by higher light levels and a plant's natural tendency to 'take over' as much space as it can before it changes to producing more vertical growth. Ways to avoid this are to crowd the plant or to increase phosphate (PO4) levels. Propagating and pruning this plant is very simple. Simply top and replant. This species produces many side shoots when pruned like a hedge, creating an attractive, manicured bush. H. polysperma 'Sunset' has great potential as a red stem plant. Its interesting leaf texture and color make it a great addition to the mid- or background. The leaf size, up to 5 cm, is not overly large, making it suitable for all but the smallest aquaria.

Price per: 3 stems.

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Friday, 4 September 2020

Fissidens sp. 'Khao Sok'

€28.90
This interesting new variety of Fissidens moss forms velvety, deeply green carpets of small, compact shoots. The feather-like, soft shoots are about 2-3 mm wide, branched at the base and have a decumbent to ascending growth habit. In the aquarium, Fissidens sp. 'Khao Sok' grows very slowly and benefits from a good supply of nutrients and CO2. The small shoots are best tied to driftwood, rock or ceramic moss pads. Alternatively, you can also squeeze them into cracks of wood or stones. Another option is application by "yogurt method".
With its rather spreading, densely ramified growth, Fissidens sp. 'Khao Sok' is best suited to be used for aquascaping. This filigree moss is one of the most beautiful epiphytes currently available and can be used for the greening of hardscape in many ways. Its deeply green, delicately textured cushions are an eye-catcher in bigger aquascapes as well as in nano aquariums!

Each portion is: moss grown on Dogwood disc Ø 35 - 40 mm.

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Helanthium 'Vesuvius'

€3.60
Helanthium 'Vesuvius' is the first cultivar from the group of runner-forming sword plants (Helanthium, formerly in the genus Echinodorus). It was selected from Helanthium bolivianum 'Angustifolius' (aka Echinodorus angustifolius) by the aquatic plant nursery Oriental (Singapur). The narrow, tightly spiralling fresh green leaves are pointy and make this Helanthium a real eye-catcher. The plant is very decorative as a group or as solitary plant in the middle ground of the aquarium. Under favourable conditions it spreads fast through runners. When cultivated above the waterline, the emerged leaves are almost straight. Only under water it develops its typical spiralling leaves.

Price per: 1 plant.

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Schismatoglottis prietoi

€5.90
Schismatoglottis prietoi is native to the Philippines and was first found on Cebu Island. It was scientifically described and named after the plant collector Esquerion Prieto in 2015. There are already few aquarium-suitable plants from river and stream banks among the many Schismatoglottis species, however S. prietoi is so far the only species that is a true aquatic also in the nature. It develops large stands in sandy to gravelly riverbeds by thin creeping rhizomes and runners, comparable to Cryptocoryne species. Its small, elliptic, glossy leaves resemble those of Anubias 'Petite' but are lighter green, the plant also grows faster than this Anubias.
This small aroid is perfectly suitable as aquarium plant and deserves a wide distribution in the hobby. Schismatoglottis prietoi can be planted into the ground, however there are also reports of its successful use as epiphyte on rock. It has no special demands and also thrives in medium-hard water, however medium lighting and a good nutrient supply via the water column are very beneficial. The growth may be quite slow in the beginning but accelerates after establishing. With time, this Schismatoglottis forms a dense, broad stand. It is easily propagating by splitting and separating of young plantlets.
This new, hitherto little known aquarium can be used in many ways, best as group in the foreground to midground of an aquarium. In "geographically correct" Asia-themed tanks it is a right replacement for similar Anubias forms, originating from Africa.

Price per: 1 plant.

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Monday, 8 June 2020

Cryptocoryne bangkaensis

€25.80
A new species from the island of Bangka and Belitung near Sumatra. For a long time C. bangkaensis was considered as C. scurillis. C. bangkaensis is characterized by its limb with a more or less bumped surface with only protuberances on the margin of the limb, a narrow throat and a pronounced collar. The limb is mostly recurved and not fully flattened and is finely dotted. The chromosome number is 2n = 68.

Price per: 1 plant (grown emersed).

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Ludwigia repens 'Mesakana'

€4.90
This colourful, round-leaved plant is selection of Ludwigia repens. Ludwigia repens 'Mesakana' is not a particularly difficult plant, but has somewhat higher demands than "standard" L. repens. A good macro and micronutrient supply is important, also rather soft water is beneficial. Good lighting provides vibrand red and orange tones. In the midground to background of not too small aquaria, a bush of Ludwigia repens 'Mesakana' provides a colourful eyecatcher. It contrasts well with fine-textured green plants. In comparison to other varietys of L. repens and to L. palustris x repens, the leaves of L. repens "Mesakana" grow larger, and have a rounder form. They are also more colourful and have a more pronounced pattern.

Price per: 3 stems.

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Microsorum sp. 'Mini Coral'

€10.90
A fantastic mini version of Microsorum 'Trident'. This small Microsorum grow to about 10 cm in height. Leaves are similar to Trident but the shape is more defined and they are shorter. Like all Java Fern it requires attaching to wood or rock. If planted in the bottom of the aquarium you should not cover the rhizome because it will rot. As the leaves are smaller this plant can be used to create a bigger sense of scale within the aquarium.

Price per: plant with 5-6 leaves on the rhizome.

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Tuesday, 4 February 2020

Rotala sp. 'Sunset'

€6.95
Rotala sp. 'Sunset' is also known as Ammannia sp. 'Sulawesi'. Rotala sp. 'Sunset' is a great midground plant that has great color and grows vertical. This plant is a difficult to grow for many in the hobby, but will also grow low tech. That doesn’t make a lot of sense but is actually how some plants are. They just do not like to be pushed in a high tech environment unless all their needs are met. Rotala sp. 'Sunset' is difficult to classify as hard or easy, if you have trouble with the plant then try it in different parts of the aquarium or in low tech as well as high tech.

Price per: 1 stem (grown emersed).

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Cryptocoryne scurrilis

€13.90
Cryptocoryne scurrilis originates from the island of Sumatra (Indonesia). This plant is very demanding when growing submerged and can be recommended only for advanced aquarists. C. scurrilis prefers warmer water with a fairly large circulation. A much greater chance of successful cultivation is when growing it emersed in humid conditions of a greenhouse or paludarium. As a substrate it is best to use sand and peat soil mixed with humus from beech leaves. Growth rate is very slow. The chromosome number 2n = 68.

Price per: 1 plant (grown emersed).

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Cryptocoryne matakensis

€29.50
Cryptocoryne matakensis was first registered as a new species in the magazine Aquaplanta (German magazine) in 2014 by Japanese plant hunter. But There was rumors about this plant for a long time. In 1932 a European botanist went to Anambas Islands, and they wrote a journey for record has a documented about this water plant, but failed to take it back. C. matakensis has been considered a mystery since then. This water plant is endemic species in Matak island and Siantan island (Anambas Islands) in Riau Islands, Indonesia. It’s common species in Anambas islands. C. matakensis growing with Lasia spinosa along small streams. The flower of Cryptocoryne matakensis is similar to Cryptocoryne auriculata, but it is a different group, first the rhizomes are quite different. This plant is easy to cultivate. C. matakensis grows very well in leaf litter of the beech tree, both emerged as submerged. In their natural habitat the pH is rather high, between 5.0 and 6.5, so you may expect that they may grow in a normal aquarium. The chromosome number is 2n = 34.

Price per: 1 plant (grown emersed).

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