Hygrophila Pinnatifida


3 stems OR 2 healthy clumps. Enough to make you really happy. : ) 


Hygrophila Pinnatifida is one of my favorite aquarium plants.   It can be utilized in the foreground, midground or background depending on how much husbandry you want to perform. As well as the versatility of location, Hygrophila Pinnatifida can also be attached to hardscapes and spread by vining along the object.


Hygrophila pinnatifida is a distinctive and attractive aquarium plant known for its pinnately divided leaves and unique growth pattern. Here are care requirements for Hygrophila pinnatifida:

**1. Lighting:**
- Provide moderate to high lighting. Adequate light is essential for healthy growth and the development of its characteristic reddish-brown coloration.

**2. Substrate:**
- Use a nutrient-rich substrate. Hygrophila pinnatifida 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 plant's color. CO2 supplementation is recommended for high-tech setups.

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

**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. Hygrophila pinnatifida can tolerate mild to moderate water movement.

**7. Pruning:**
- Regular pruning is beneficial to control the plant's size and shape. Trim the stems as needed, and you can replant the cuttings to encourage new growth.

**8. Tank Mates:**
- Hygrophila pinnatifida 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. Cut a healthy portion of the stem and replant it in the substrate to encourage new growth.

**10. Placement:**
- Consider placing Hygrophila pinnatifida in the midground or background of the aquarium. Its unique growth pattern makes it an excellent choice for adding texture and interest to the aquascape.

**11. Algae Control:**
- Hygrophila pinnatifida 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 Hygrophila pinnatifida. Monitor for any signs of nutrient deficiencies, pests, or diseases.

Hygrophila pinnatifida is prized for its intricate appearance and can be a stunning addition to well-maintained planted aquariums. Providing the right conditions and care will help showcase its unique features and contribute to a vibrant aquatic environment. Adjustments may be needed based on the specific conditions of your tank and the needs of other aquatic inhabitants.