Introduction to Ammannia Crassicaulis
Ammannia crassicaulis is an attractive and decorative aquarium plant. It is small amphibious or aquatic herb which is primarily distributed in subtropical to tropical Africa, Madagascar and Asia. This delicate, beautifully colored plant is naturally grown immersed in the dense tropical rain forests of the area. It inhabits wetlands, rice fields and streams.
Ammannia crassicaulis’s Overview
Ammannia crassicaulis is a beautiful and highly recommended aquarium plant. It has spongy, erect or ascending stem which is 30-50 cm long and 8-15 cm wide. Leaf colors range from green to yellow and orange and reddish shades depending on growth conditions in the aquarium. Leaves are sessile and crosswise-opposite. Surface leaf blade is olive green, obovate to back-lanceolate with 4-8 cm long and 1.0-2.5 cm wide. The apex is blunt or pointed. Underwater plate is yellowish-green to pale reddish color, lanceolate with 5-11 cm long and 1.0-1.6 cm wide, while the front side is olive-green to brown-red and back is rich purple. The flowers are small and consist of 4 red-purple petals, 4-8 stamens and a single post. This plant grows above the water surface. It prefers tank with effective filtration system, clean water without floating dead matter. Propagation is done by cutting the side shoots of the mother plant.
Scientific name: Ammannia crassicaulis
Common name: None
Origin: West Africa
Height: 50 cm (19.7 inch)
Width: 8-15 cm (3.15-5.9 inch)
Water PH: 5.5-8.5
Water Hardness: 2-12 dGH
Temperature: 22-28 ° C (71.6-82.4 0F)
Growth rate: Medium
Ammannia crassicaulis is small shrub which occurs either on temporarily or permanently damp open soil, or occasionally they are submerged. Twenty-seven species, four varieties and one form of Ammannia are recorded from southern Africa region. Among them Ammannia crassicaulis is a highly decorative aquarium plant. Ammannia crassicaulis was described in 1833. The genus name Ammannia was first described by Linnaeus in 1753. It belongs to the family Lythraceae under order Myrtales of class Magnoliopsida. The genus ‘Ammannia’ is named after Paul Amman (1634 –1691), German physician and botanist while the species name ‘crassicaulis’ meaning a thick stem. Synonyms of this species are Nesaea crassicaulis (Guill. & Perr.) Koehne; Nesaea polyantha Tul.
Housing and care
Ammannia crassicaulis is a recommendable and beautiful aquarium plant. The tank should have high light, a substrate of fine gravel and water that is soft and slightly acidic with pH of 5.5-8.5, hardness of 2-12 dGH and temperature of 22-28 ° C (71.6-82.4 0F). The tank bottom should also have a layer of aqua soil powder because it has the smaller granule size which allows the plant portions to be placed into it safely and securely. Light is supplied for 10-11 hours a day using a twin tube T5HO fixture with 6700k bulbs. Flourish Iron are added weekly at the recommended levels along with CO2 supplementation of 25-40 mg per liter for duration of 6 hours daily. For optimum growth high quality fertilizer dosing should be maintained. In this case bottom fertilizer such as Ferka Stemma or Vimi is suitable. Light should reach all the leaves and make sure the lower leaves get sufficient light, otherwise they turn black or die off. This plant grows above the water surface. It prefers tank with effective filtration system, clean water without floating dead matter. In this case regular water changes must be carried out. Planting should be done in the mid-ground of the aquarium as a contrast to the tall green background plants. Fertilizer capsules should also be used to strengthen the plant and emphasize its colors.
Ammannia Crassicaulis for Sale & Availability
Ammannia crassicaulis is a glorious red aquarium plant. It is very popular among the aquarium fish lovers due to its beauty and hardiness. It is available in many local aquarium fish traders or online vendor with reasonable price. If you want to buy your favorite plant from home online, look below on where to buy your Ammannia Crassicaulis today!
Propagation is done by cutting the side shoots of the mother plant. For proper propagation, side shoot should be cut off using the sharp and sterilized scissors. After cutting the stem, remove the bottom leaves to reveal a length of bare stem and place it carefully into the substrate taking care not to crush stem. Within a few weeks the cuttings develop a root system to create new plants. During planting allow room around each plant to grow easily.