Brownie Purple Buce Plant (Bucephalandra sp. "Brownie Purple") Tissue Culture
This Bucephalandra variety develops deep purple leaves with proper care!
Brownie Purple Buce Plant (Bucephalandra sp. “Brownie Purple”) is a very attractive, unique variant of the extremely popular Bucephalandra group. It is a very hardy plant that can be grown emersed or submerged in the aquarium, terrarium, and paludarium. It requires only low to moderate lighting and can thrive in a variety of water parameters. With proper care, Brownie Purple Buce Plant will grow at a slow to moderate rate. The care of Buce plants is similar to Anubias and Cryptocoryne species. Also, like Anubias, Buce plants are rhizome plants that attach to and grow on hard surfaces. This plant attaches particularly well to rocks, but can also grow very well on driftwood and other surfaces. If planted on the substrate, Buce plants should be only partially embedded in the substrate with the rhizome exposed. If the rhizome is buried, it is prone to rot.
In addition to its attractive appearance, Brownie Purple Buce Plant provides a valuable refuge for aquarium animals, especially dwarf shrimp, nano fish, and fry. With proper care, Brownie Purple Buce Plant can easily flourish and grow to become a major centerpiece of the planted aquarium!
Like most plants, Brownie Purple Buce Plant will benefit from supplementation such as Seachem Flourish, Flourish Excel, Nitrogen and other plant supplements. However, supplementation is not required for this plant to grow and stay healthy. Buce plants generally show their most intense coloration and optimal growth when submerged with high lighting and stable, consistent fertilization. Drastic changes in fertilization can result in gradual leaf loss, although the plant rhizome will typically recover in time.
This listing is for the tissue culture form of Brownie Purple Buce Plant. Tissue cultures are superior to traditional forms of aquarium plants in many ways. They are produced in a completely sterile environment which eliminates the possibility of them carrying pest snails or algae spores. They have a shelf life (before introduction to the aquarium) of several months if properly maintained and they are housed in a nutrient gel until introduced to the aquarium. To introduce a tissue culture plant to the aquarium, simply rinse off as much nutrient gel as possible, then plant as usual. The nutrient gel will not harm your aquarium.
What We Like About This Plant:
- Tissue cultures contain no unwanted pest animals or algae
- Exceptional coloration
- Thrives in low-tech and high-tech setups
- Can be attached to almost any aquarium décor
- Perfect for shrimp and nano tanks
- Temperature: 71.6° - 82.4° F (22° - 28° C)
- pH: 5.0 - 8.0, although 6.0 - 7.5 is more ideal.
- Lighting: Low to High
- Origin: Lab-grown tissue culture, but indigenous to Borneo, Indonesia
- Aquarium placement: Middle and foreground. Rhizome should not be completely buried.
- Care: Easy to Moderate
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