Overview: Originated in Central and South America, Bacopa Salzmannii is one of the exotic aquarium plants that grow on marshland. It is also popularly known as Araguaia Bacopa or Purple Bacopa. Due to its colorful foliage and exoticness, it came into aquarium culture. Usually, Bacopa comes in different colors depending upon the varietal differences; species Salzmannii ‘Purple’ is deep purple in color.
It gives a visually appealing appearance to the aquarium and looks very beautiful compared to other red and green plants. Due to its spectacular purple color, it can be displayed as a midground or center plant in the tank. Plant height may go up to 25 cm under suitable conditions.
Advantages: The tissue culture variant of Bacopa Salzmannii ‘Purple’ is developed in in-vitro condition, making it free from pests and other microorganism that can create havoc in an already established tank. Therefore, having a tissue culture variant of Bacopa Salzmannii ‘Purple’ is the right choice.
Care: Bacopa Salzmannii ‘Purple’ is a hardy plant. When it is provided with carbon dioxide supplementation and fertilizers (macro and micronutrients), it shows good growth and gives stunning results. It prefers soft water, wherein it should not be too alkaline (<10dKH). Regular pruning ensures dense growth.
Light requirements: Bacopa Salzmannii ‘Purple’ requires strong light conditions to develop its stunning purple color.
pH requirement: The optimal pH can range between 6 and 7.
Other requirements: Bacopa Salzmannii ‘Purple’ is a slow grower with fewer demands. However, you need to supply it with additional fertilizers as well as carbon dioxide to help it grow profusely. At the same time, strong light conditions will facilitate a nice deep purple foliage color. Keep the water parameters within the range to get the best results.
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