Plant Profiles

Articles on genera or single species. Comparisons between plants and their use in the aquarium.

Floscopa scandens

Posted by on Jun 8, 2011 in All Categories, Plant Profiles | 0 comments

Floscopa scandens

Floscopa scandens has only recently been discovered as a species for planted aquaria. Its natural habitat extends from Bhutan, India, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and Oceania to Northern-Australia. From the Latin flos – flower; scoparie – like a broom: a reference to the flower spike in some species.scandens = climbing. This monocotyledon prefers wet to...Read More

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Hygrophila Species – Which is which?

Posted by on Jan 23, 2010 in All Categories, Plant Profiles | 0 comments

Hygrophila Species – Which is which?

The Genus Hygrophila (Family Acanthaceae) includes some of the oldest and most suitable species of aquarium plants. When I founded Extraplant, it was my goal to supply a wide range of aquarium plants to the aquascaping enthusiast. Rare and new plants as well as the “bread and butter” species are now part of the choice at Extraplant. It has happened to me many...Read More

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Bacopa – Some Novelties And Some Old Friends

Posted by on Dec 15, 2009 in All Categories, Plant Profiles | 0 comments

Bacopa – Some Novelties And Some Old Friends

Plants of the genus Bacopa have been popular aquarium plants for years. Most species within this genus are robust, easy to keep and persistend growers. Whilst species such as B. caroliniana and B.monnieri are a common choice with aquarists, B. lanigera is kept only very rarely in Europe. B. crenata, a wonderful species, is not available at shops and is hence also a rare...Read More

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Lobelia cardinalis ‘Mini’

Posted by on Dec 12, 2009 in All Categories, Plant Profiles | 0 comments

<em>Lobelia cardinalis</em> ‘Mini’

With all this hype for aquascaping and Nature Aquariums, I still feel very much attracted to the old school style of the Dutch Aquarium. (- Which doesn’t mean I don’t like Nature Aquariums – quite to the contrary). One of the typical features of the Dutch Aquarium is the so-called “Street”. (BTW when I say “typical” I don’t...Read More

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Hygrophila difformis ‘Variegated’

Posted by on Oct 5, 2009 in All Categories, Plant Profiles | 0 comments

<em>Hygrophila difformis</em> ‘Variegated’

Losing a cutivar is almost as sad as losing a species. In fact, for a plant lover, losing a cultivar is unbearable – especiay, if you have had this cultivar before. So, by ‘losing it’ I’m not talking about ‘not having it now’. I am talking about gone. Forever. As in ‘extinct’. I am afraid that Hygrophila...Read More

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Keeping Aponogeton madagascariensis

Posted by on Jun 21, 2009 in All Categories, Plant Profiles | 0 comments

Keeping <em>Aponogeton madagascariensis</em>

Common Name: Lace Plant This plant is generally considered hard to keep and demanding at the best of times. Its natural habitat are highland streams in Madagascar where it grows in cool, shady waters. In my tank, it grows in 22.5 – 23.5°C. I have attached a chiller to the tank to keep the water cool on hot days. It is doing quite well but there are still a few...Read More

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