Hygrophila Lancea Araguaia


3 oz volume portion 

Hygrophila lancea 'Araguaia' is a unique and visually striking aquarium plant with red and green hues. Here are care requirements for Hygrophila lancea 'Araguaia':

**1. Lighting:**
- Provide moderate to high lighting. Adequate light is crucial for promoting the red coloration in 'Araguaia.' Consider using full-spectrum LED lights for optimal growth.

**2. Substrate:**
- Use a nutrient-rich substrate. This plant benefits from a substrate with added nutrients. Aquarium soil or a nutrient-rich substrate will support its growth.

**3. CO2 Injection:**
- While not strictly necessary, providing a source of carbon dioxide can enhance growth and intensify the red coloration. CO2 supplementation can be beneficial in high-tech setups.

**4. Fertilization:**
- Regularly dose a comprehensive liquid fertilizer. Ensure that the fertilizer includes essential nutrients, including iron, to support the vibrant coloration of 'Araguaia.'

**5. Water Parameters:**
- Maintain stable and optimal water conditions.
- Temperature: 72-82°F (22-28°C)
- pH: 6.0-7.5
- Hardness: Soft to moderately hard water is suitable.

**6. Water Flow:**
- Provide gentle water circulation. 'Araguaia' can tolerate mild to moderate water movement.

**7. Pruning:**
- Regular pruning can help control the plant's size and shape. Trim the stems as needed, and you can replant the cuttings to propagate new plants.

**8. Tank Mates:**
- 'Araguaia' is compatible with various aquarium inhabitants. It can provide shelter for fish and contribute to the visual appeal of the aquarium.

**9. Propagation:**
- Propagate through stem cuttings. Similar to other Hygrophila species, cut a healthy portion of the stem and replant it in the substrate to encourage new growth.

**10. Placement:**
- Consider placing 'Araguaia' in the midground or background of the aquarium to showcase its unique appearance. Proper placement can also enhance the overall aquascape.

**11. Algae Control:**
- 'Araguaia' can contribute to algae control by outcompeting algae for nutrients. However, maintaining good aquarium hygiene is still essential.

**12. Monitoring:**
- Keep an eye on the overall health of your 'Araguaia.' Monitor for any signs of nutrient deficiencies, pests, or diseases.

'Hygrophila lancea 'Araguaia' is appreciated for its distinctive coloration and adds a vibrant touch to planted aquariums. By providing the right conditions and care, you can enjoy its unique visual appeal and contribute to a dynamic aquatic environment. Adjustments may be needed based on the specific conditions of your tank and the needs of other aquatic inhabitants.