Hydrocotyle tripartite (Hydrocotyle tripartita)
Hydrocotyle tripartite (Hydrocotyle tripartita) - refers to the genus of the famous Schistifolia, the order is umbelliferous.
More than a hundred years ago it was found in Japan, and still grows in the warm parts of Asia, choosing warm and fresh water for its life.
Hydrocotyl of tripartite, also has the name thyristolis - a small plant, but despite its size forms magnificent thickets. The uniqueness of this plant is that despite the fact that it is considered ground cover, it can easily live in water without soil.
The pennywort has small stems that spread over the entire surface, similar to a mustache, and there are nodules on them. Each nodule is the progenitor of leaflets, the maximum number of which from one nodule is three.
The leaves begin to rise vertically and can reach a height of 30 mm. This plant is often compared with clover, since the leaves really resemble its shape, dividing into three parts. Therefore, schistolnik is also called trifid. Under favorable conditions, tripartite hydrocotyl has a very saturated green color. Roots that grow from nodules are not strong and cannot themselves hold firmly in the ground. Some of the stronger ones are rooted, while others either simply spread along the surface or are in free swimming, replenishing the supply of nutrients not from the ground, but from the water.
Conditions of detention
Both in scientific and in decorative aquarium (the science associated with modeling the ecosystem in a closed artificial water resource), the opinion about the content of the carpel is ambiguous. Some experts believe that the plant is unpretentious and any conditions are not an obstacle to its prosperous life, while another part is sure that the conditions play a very serious role for its existence. Of all these disputes, one conclusion can be drawn - the carpenter does not require much, but cannot grow by itself. One of the most important conditions for him is constantly purified water, because his leaves collect on himself all the dirt that accumulates in thick plaque, and the plant’s “breathing” is difficult. As a result, the plant can not only begin to hurt, but even die. The best water parameter for good plant growth is soft water with a temperature of 20 ° to 23-27 °.
The size of the aquarium does not matter, but it should be borne in mind that in a large aquarium it grows better. When choosing a ground for shistolnik it is worth paying attention to fine sand or sea pebbles. Coarse soil in two ways will damage the plant. Pieces of clay or even charcoal added in small quantities will become a good fertilizer. Also consider lighting, daylight hours should be at least 9 hours, this condition cannot be ignored. Otherwise, the plant will wither and become faded. Water change should be made every 11 days, sometimes up to 13 days can be neglected.
When asking the question of reproduction, attention should be paid to the underdeveloped root system. The plant can reproduce not only in the soil, but also simply in water, which confirms its unpretentiousness. Planting tripartite hydrocotyl, as an option, you can press it with a stone or fertilizer to the ground. Over time, greenery should grow from here. Hydrocotyla is a very friendly plant and does not harm other inhabitants of the aquarium; it can be adjacent to anyone. Its only drawback will be the creation of a shadow, with very good growth, but this can always be corrected by careful thinning. Fish can both eat and hide in dense thickets.