BOLBITIS HETEROCLITA “LONG TAILS”
Bolbitis heteroclita, also known as Asian Water Fern, is a unique and attractive aquatic plant. Here are the care requirements to help you cultivate Bolbitis heteroclita successfully in your aquarium:
- Provide moderate to low-intensity lighting. Bolbitis heteroclita is known for thriving in lower light conditions and is often used in aquariums with shaded areas.
- While it can be attached to substrate, Bolbitis heteroclita is an epiphytic plant. It is commonly attached to driftwood or rocks. Do not bury the rhizome in the substrate; instead, attach it using fishing line or other suitable materials.
- Bolbitis heteroclita is not a heavy feeder. While it can absorb nutrients from the water and substrate, occasional liquid fertilization may benefit its growth.
**4. CO2 Injection:**
- While not strictly necessary, providing a source of CO2 can enhance growth and overall health. Bolbitis heteroclita can adapt to both low-tech and high-tech setups.
- Maintain a temperature range of 68-82°F (20-28°C). Bolbitis heteroclita can adapt to a variety of temperatures within this range.
**6. Water Parameters:**
- pH: 6.0-7.5
- Hardness: Soft to moderately hard water is suitable.
- Bolbitis heteroclita is adaptable to various water parameters but prefers stable conditions.
- Minimal pruning is generally required. Remove any old or yellowing leaves to encourage new growth.
- Trim dead or damaged portions of the plant with clean scissors or pruning tools.
- Bolbitis heteroclita is often used as a midground or background plant. Attach it to rocks, driftwood, or other hardscape elements for an aesthetically pleasing appearance.
**9. Water Flow:**
- Provide gentle water circulation. Bolbitis heteroclita prefers water movement but can tolerate lower flow conditions.
**10. Tank Mates:**
- Choose tank mates that won't disturb the delicate fronds. Bolbitis heteroclita is generally not a target for herbivorous fish.
**11. Algae Control:**
- Maintain good aquarium hygiene to prevent algae growth. Keep the plant's surfaces clean to ensure optimal light absorption.
- Regularly observe the plant for any signs of nutrient deficiencies, pests, or diseases.
- Monitor its growth and adjust care routines based on the specific conditions of your aquarium.
Bolbitis heteroclita adds a unique touch to aquariums with its distinctive fronds. By following these care guidelines, you can enjoy the graceful and fern-like appearance of Bolbitis heteroclita in your aquatic setup.