Overview: Native to Brazil, Polygonum sp. ''Sao Paulo'' is a beautiful aquarium plant. It belongs to the Polygonaceae family and is well-known for its beauty. With a moderate growth rate and requirements, it could be a good addition to the tank handled by experts. It is not recommended for beginners due to some of its specific water requirements. You need to be aware of avoiding making drastic changes to the tank as Polygonum sp. ''Sao Paulo'' is prone to melting and rotting.
Appearance: Some aquarium plants are popular for their intense and bold colors, and Polygonum sp. ''Sao Paulo'' is one of them. It is one of the intense colors aquarium plants and would be the right choice for people looking for bold-colored plants for their tank.
Under optimum conditions, the plant takes a height of 2-3 inches and grows profusely, proudly flaunting its stunning color. The leaves are long and tapered with flashy pink-purple color outside and green underside. The stems are thin and grow moderately. Since it requires specific water parameters, it is not recommended for novice aquarists.
Hard/Soft Plant: It is a hardy plant.
Ideal water temperature: The suitable water temperature for Polygonum sp. ''Sao Paulo'Paulo' ranges from 22 to 28 degree Celsius.
Lightening conditions: This plant is fond of bright light. When the desired light intensity is provided, the leaves develop bright red flashy color. However, under low light conditions, it stays dull and green.
Ideal pH level: 6 to 7.5 is the ideal pH level for the growth of Polygonum sp. ''Sao Paulo''.
Propagation: In order to propagate Polygonum sp. ''Sao Paulo'', you need to cut new growth along with roots and replant them. Over time, the cuttings develop roots and start growing individually.
Other requirements: One of the essential requirements for Polygonum sp. ''Sao Paulo'' is additional carbon dioxide. Apart from bright light, the right pH, temperature, and adequate nutrients are also a prerequisite of Polygonum sp. ''Sao Paulo''.
The right nutrient dosing brings red coloration. The preferred fertilizers for Polygonum sp. ''Sao Paulo'' are root tabs or liquid fertilizers. Moreover, phosphate at around 1ppm is another additional requirement. So, high-lighting and nutrient-rich waters work in favor of Polygonum sp. ''Sao Paulo''.
Do you know: Polygonum sp. ''Sao Paulo'Paulo' plant is prone to melting and rotting when adequate water parameters are not provided. Since it requires high maintenance, it is not considered suitable for beginners.