Spherical cladophore is a plant used to decorate an aquarium and at the same time serves as a good source of oxygen and a natural filter of water. According to many scientists, the cladophore has about 400 species, distributed not only in seawater, but also in rivers and lakes. The spherical cladophore gained its fame after being described in detail by a naturalist from Sweden in 1753.
There is a cladophore practically in Eurasia, its borders are located from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific. Often it can be found in cool mountain lakes and in clear water bodies found on the plains.
Kladofora spherical represents a colony of green algae, which, when plexed together, form a small ball of dark green color. The plant itself, reminiscent of felt in its structure, simply lies at the bottom in the aquarium, not rooted and occasionally floats to the surface.
In natural reservoirs, cladophore can be found in shallow water. When rays of light hit the algae, oxygen production begins, bubbles appear inside the ball, due to which the cladophore pops up. During wind and under the influence of waves, it easily nails to the shore and other plants. With the onset of night, oxygen ceases to be produced, and algae sink to the bottom of the reservoir. In the same way, a cladophor behaves in a properly lit aquarium.
For a better plant development, you need an aquarium with cool water and a temperature of up to 20 degrees, when the temperature rises to 22 degrees, the development of the cladophore stops. Scientists have noticed that at high temperatures the ball of cladophores breaks up into pieces. If the temperature decreases after decay, the plant can recover and, after a certain period of time, form new adult plants.
For the normal development of cladophores, the hardness of water plays an important role, so it should be soft, with a neutral or slightly acid reaction. In the aquarium, you need a filter to clean the water, since the appearance of turbidity and bottom mud will lead to the death of the plant. If contamination cannot be avoided, after cleaning it, the cladophore should be washed carefully and squeezed slightly, like a sponge. Only in this way can the plant be preserved.
The cladophore is spherical rather simple in content. Aquarium lighting should not be too bright or dim, and it does not matter what kind of lamps and what kind of light it is. For the cladophore, this does not matter, however, bright light causes the release of a large amount of oxygen from the cladophore colony. It is highly undesirable for other types of filamentous algae to be in the aquarium. Aquarists practice natural aquarium lighting. Artificial light is obtained using fluorescent lamps and incandescent lamps.
The nature of the soil does not play a special role, because the plant moves freely in the aquarium. The main thing is that it is clean and free from any impurities.
Spherical cladophore propagates in the same way as algae. New plants can be obtained by breaking green balls into pieces when the temperature rises in the aquarium. To prevent the balls from dying in hard water, you need to catch them and place them in a small, moderately lit container with water, the temperature of which is about 20 degrees. The formation of algae takes a long time - from several months to a year, and sometimes more. The cladophore is susceptible to the conditions of detention, and not with all plants it can be in the same aquarium.
Spherical cladophore is a useful algae that is rarely seen in aquariums. It can also be formed in the form of a flat pillow, for which it is enough to simply crush it with something on top.