With growing interest in planted tanks, hobbyists are always on the look-out for what’s new or different in the hobby. Aquadip’s Joey Abrahams has hints of what retailers can stock
I would like to introduce Hygrophila polysperma, a hardy aquatic plant and great for beginners.
You have probably heard of the Hygrophila family and its various sub-species including this little gem, H. polysperma. In the UK, apart from its Latin name it is also commonly referred to as ‘Indian swampweed’.
This is a hardy, green-stemmed plant with few demands. Its lance-shaped leaves have a nice green colouring, and as it grows without the addition of a CO2 system, is ideal for beginners.
It’s also a good choice for new tanks because it grows very quickly and will remove excess nutrients from the water, so preventing the growth of algae.
Lighting intensity isn’t really important (it is really flexible on this basis) though it does best in a medium to high-intensity environment.
Because of its fast growth and eventual height of 45cm, we recommend planting it in a background position. Hobbyists will also have to trim the plant frequently, and as it can develop multiple roots, will soon result in a nice, bushy plant.
Ideal water temperature is between 18 and 28 degrees Celsius.
Just be aware – H. polysperma will root anywhere – even leaves floating on the water’s surface can start to sprout roots!