Looking for an easy, unique plant that doesn't require CO2 or expensive lights and makes your aquascape pop with dense, healthy foliage? Staurogyne repens is a fantastic beginner plant that works extraordinarily well in small aquariums and low tech tanks while being able to take full advantage of high tech additions. It is a naturally short plant that grows in thick bunches perfect for a carpet, lawn or foreground display in virtually all types aquariums.
This unique plant grows along a horizontal stem which creeps across the substrate and result in short, dense growth even without the addition of CO2.
Type: Bushy stem plant
Size: Depending on pruning size will vary. Plants can maintain anywhere from 5 - 20cm in lateral growth.
Native Range: Brazil (endemic to the Rio Cristalino of the Southern Amazon)
Position and Usage: Carpet or foreground
Growth Rate: Moderate, following a period of acclimation and root development
Lighting: 2/5 - 5/5
Water Conditions: Soft water is recommended although this plant will tolerate mildly hard water. Staurogyne is adaptable and can grow in a range of pH.
CO2: Not required
Propagation: Propagation by cuttings at least 5cm long; remove the leaves from the stem on all nodes except at the top of the cutting and replant.
Special Requirements: None but a fertile substrate and good micronutrient (iron) availability is recommended for healthy and dense growth in high-tech tanks with advanced lighting and CO2.
Emersed Growth: Suitable for emersed or semi-emersed growth in Wabi Kusa and Paludariums.
Staurogyne Repens can be kept short with frequent pruning to create a slightly taller than average foreground carpet. It is one of few carpeting species that will survive and even thrive in lower-light, lower-tech tanks. However, Staurogyne will also grow well in high lighting and can send out creeping runners that can quickly blanket a foreground with little intervention on the part of the aquarist. Although this plant is capable of absorbing many nutrients from the water column, it is a voracious root feeder and requires a rich, fertile, and fine substrate. It is one of the only carpeting plants that does not require carbon dioxide injection, though supplementation will enhance growth dramatically. Given the space, thriving specimens may maintain up to 20 cm in lateral growth. This growth can be cut and re-planted in the substrate, although cuttings should be at least a couple of inches long and contain several nodes. It is recommended to remove the leaves from the stem on all nodes except at the top of the cutting (taking care not to damage the main stem).