Comments: This is a Premium Live Plant that can be hard to find, but we have a big selection of Premium Live Plants on our website to choose from.
Origin: Originally this plant species was discovered in Central and South America.
But now this plant is being raised on a famous aquarium plant farm, and it's found growing in aquariums all over the world.
Maximum Size: The usual maximum size for this plant is about 8" tall, but it usually grows to be about 6" tall.
Compatibility: this plant does well with most kinds of aquarium fish except for fish that need salt in their water, fish that dig and uproot plants like many Cichlids, and fish that routinely eat plants.
Temperature: This plant likes temperatures that range from 70 to 80+ degrees F.
Generally we do not recommend temperatures above 80-degrees F. in aquariums, because the oxygen level begins to drop rapidly above 80-degrees, and this is not good for most fish.
Water Conditions: This plant likes water with a pH of 6 to 7 with mild hardness.
Most water in the U.S. has a higher pH and is harder but seems to be OK.
On the other hand I've seen this plant doing very well in an aquarium with 100% RO-water, which probably has a pH of 6 to 6.5 and almost no hardness.
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Aquarium Size: This plant needs an aquarium that's at least 10" deep,
Decor: we prefer to keep this plant rooted in a layer of laterite gravel in the aquarium.
Aquarium Filter: Bio-Wheel Filters are highly recommended for aquariums with fish.
But plants usually do better without a Bio-Wheel Filter, because Bio-Wheels quickly remove CO2 from the water, and plants needs CO2.
The addition of Lava Rocks will keep nitrates in the ideal range for fish, which is not too low for plants.
Click here to learn more about using Lava Rocks in aquariums.
Life Span: this live plant can live for several years and sometimes many years with proper care and good water.
Popularity: For a long-long time Live Plants like this one have been very popular.
Names: The scientific name for this plant is Lobelia cardinalis..
Variations: There are lots and lots of variations of this plant, which is probably due to the fact that it has been imported from a very wide area in South and Central America then reproduced in greenhouses to create several cultivars for aquariums.
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