Overview: Most preferred as a foreground plant, Staurogyne repens is a hardy plant that enhances the beauty of the aquarium manifold. Originated from South America, the plant is compact, low lying and has a bushy stature. It doesn’t grow more than 5 to 10 cm in height and makes the bottom of the tank looks green and velvety. The leaves are small and green in color with a width of around 3.4 cm. One can plant the tissue cultured stems directly into the substrate. It is low demanding, and easy to maintain. It can grow both submerged and completely immersed in the water.
Advantages: The most alluring benefit of using tissue culture plant of Staurogyne repens is it doesn’t alter the quality of water and ensure zero contamination. The chances of algae spores and other infestation also cease. Tissue cultures are the superior forms of live aquatic plants and are perfect for maintaining a healthy aquarium.
Care: To retain the shelf life of tissue culture plants, they are stored in a gel solution that consists of essential nutrients. Although this gel doesn’t alter the water quality, it is important that you rinse off the gel properly before introducing the tissue culture plant in the tank. Keep the plant immersed in the water for a while and then remove the gel completely from the hands.
Light requirements: The plant requires medium to high light intensity for flourishing in the tank and attain its actual growth pattern. Supplementing carbon dioxide ensures moderate to fast growth of the plant. In cases of light deficiency, the leaves turn yellow.
pH requirement: The pH requirement of water lies between 6 to 7.5 for the best growth of the plant.
Propagation: Stem cutting is the easiest way to replant Staurogyne repens.