Aquascaping Lab – MYRIOPHYLLUM Aquatic Plant technical description and management (all varieties)

welcome on Aquascaping Lab channel in this video tutorial we are talking about Myriophyllum plant and all varieties This plant comes from the family Haloragaceae and is widespread in South America and the USA the name Myriophyllum comes from the Greek: Myriòs means “thousands”, while phyllum means “leaf” The dimensions and colors are variable from variety to variety we can only say that all Myrios are characterized by segmented leaves and vertical growth that reach 30/40 cm in height and almost always on a single stem It is a medium or backgound plant depending on the tank in which it is to be used and has the characteristic of filling the space since it has a very voluminous effect It adapts to different lighting conditions, changing its appearance and its speed of growth it develops better in soft and rather acid waters If the ph drops below 6.5 it absorbs large amounts of nutrients It is possible to grow it even in slightly alkaline waters but not with the same results, we suggest a temperature never below 20 ° Celsius This kind of plant can be indicated as a good adversary of algae for its fast growth and characterized by a strong demand for nutrients let see now the most famous varieties MYRIOPHYLLUM MATOGROSSENSE: The name from which it derives refers to Mato Grosso but it is widespread throughout western Brazil, Perù and Ecuador in Colombia and Bolivia It is definitely the most suitable Myriophyllum for the Amazonic aquarium for many reasons linked to chemical and physical parameters After all, it is there that has been living for milions of years and we know that it is easier to support Nature rather than fight it The Myriophyllum Mattogrossense has been confused for at least 25 years with the Tuberculatum which appeared to be a red variant In reality, these are two distinct species, living over 10,000 km away It grows very tall, with leaves that reach even 5 cm in length The color varies from dark green to a pale red, depending on the intensity of light but the phenomenon affects only the most exposed leaves MYRIOPHYLLUM SCABRATUM or PINNATUM: Although it is now present almost everywhere like North America, Australia and Mediterranean Europe the Pinnatum is native to Florida, where it is still present today The cultivation of Myriophyllum, in the aquarium began precisely from this species in the 50s of the 20th century The stem tends to store large quantities of iron, whose concentration is inconsistent in its natural habitat For this reason, its color can change from dark green to bright red precisely based on the abundance of iron in the water Among all the varieties of Myriophyllum is the easiest to grow in the aquarium Like many plants with fine leaves, it needs clean water with no suspended debris since lying on the leaves could interfere with the chlorophyll photosynthesis the light must be intense and abundant It prefers cold water at high temperatures and produces numerous side jets which can be removed and replanted by producing new plants In nature reproduces with fruits and seeds in the aquarium instead we can multiply it by cutting then making a clean cut roughly in the middle of the stem and then replanting it in groups of 3 – 4 at a distance of at least 4 -5 cm from the others to allow total exposure to light even in the lower part of the plant Myriophyllum is an aquatic plant absolutely “hungry” for quantity but also for variety of nutrients This plants need a lot and everything there is no nutritive element that is not essential for their growth It feeds on nitrates but also needs phosphates for those who have always worried about it with these plants it will have to stop doing it maybe it will have to add them artificially In addition to the need for lots of light, it also needs the administration of CO2 They usually absorb nutrients directly from the water and use the roots only to anchor mechanically The Myriophyllum can therefore live on sand or inert gravel it does not need absolute substrates or fertile soils but if it finds nutrients in the soil it certainly exploits them if you want to buy this plants, you must to know that the price is around 5 Euros for a vase thank you for watching this video tutorial if you want to know better on this plant and others read the article on our official website clicking here click on like and leave a comment for any question subscribe on Aquascaping Lab channel for many news

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