Staurogin creeping (Staurogyne repens)
Creeping staurogin is a plant used for aquariums. As an aquarium plant began to be used since 2005. From this moment, the popularity of the crawling staurogin is growing, this is due to the remarkable decorative qualities and ease of care.
Creeping staurogin shoots reach a height of 10 cm, with a width of 5-10 cm. Leaf plates 4.5 cm, are lanceolate-oval in shape, green in color. The plant has a powerful stem up to 10 cm, which creeps parallel to the soil, while it branches well.
White flowers appear during flowering. The closest relative of the cave hyphrophil staurogin. At the same time, it is more compact and grows more slowly.
There are two ways to propagate plants. At a vertical shoot, cut small cuttings and plant directly in the ground. In the second option, we take a horizontal shoot, roots have already formed on it, and transplant to a new place. With the reproduction of this plant, even beginners can cope.
Placement in the aquarium
Creeping staurogin is primarily used in aquariums as a groundcover. In the aquarium design is used in the foreground and middle ground. In nano aquariums, you can use in the background. It is recommended to arrange the plants in small groups. In order for it to maintain the selected decorative form, it is necessary to cut it, removing the tops.
In order to get a green carpet in the foreground of the aquarium, the following technology must be observed. We plant several plants in a group at a minimum distance from each other. After the next cutting of the tops, cut cuttings are planted nearby. The plant forms an shoot that spread along the bottom, gradually forming a single carpet.
The plant looks good in combination with snags, stones. Staurogin perfectly combines with such species as hemianthus cuba, glossostigma. This combination is suitable for nano aquariums.
Using the creeping staurogin, you can create picturesque green hills in the aquarium. With a tight planting, the bushes begin to branch strongly. If they are not trimmed for some time, the hills will appear by themselves. In this case, you should rarely cut the creeping staurogin, removing only the branches that spoil the composition. The plant calmly tolerates a haircut, becoming from this only thicker and more decorative.
Creeping staurogin is equally well suited for aquariums of all sizes.
Creeping staurogin is a very useful plant. It purifies water from nitrates, helps maintain the purity of the aquatic environment in which it lives.
Features of plant care
Creeping staurogin is distinguished by endurance, has a strong, developed root system. Under conditions comfortable for him, the plant has an average growth rate.
For plants, a temperature of 20-30 ° C is recommended. Lighting needs medium or strong intensity. He needs to be under the lighting for 10-12 hours. If the side shoots are extended and lose their decorativeness, this means that there is not enough lighting for the staurogin.
Liquid fertilizers are needed to stimulate plant growth. CO2 feeding is recommended. Micronutrient fertilizers should be applied regularly. Do not forget to feed with iron.
Water for plant life should be soft, medium hard.
Plants are planted in the soil into which nutrients are added. Small 1-3 mm fit.
Subject to the above rules, a healthy beautiful plant grows.