Cleopatra Buce Plant (Bucephalandra sp. var "Cleopatra")

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This beautiful buce plant has bright green leaves and deep red stems!

Cleopatra Buce Plant (Bucephalandra sp., “Cleopatra”) is a very attractive 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, Cleopatra 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, Cleopatra Buce Plant provides a valuable refuge for aquarium animals, especially dwarf shrimp, nano fish, and fry.  With proper care, Cleopatra Buce Plant can easily flourish and grow to become a major centerpiece of the planted aquarium!

Like most plants, Cleopatra 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.

Our current specimens of this plant are small portions that have at least 4-6 leaves.

What We Like About This Plant:

  • Bright green leaves and deep red stems
  • Thrives in low-tech and high-tech setups
  • Can be attached to almost any aquarium décor
  • Perfect for shrimp and nano tanks

Care Guidelines:

  • 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: Indigenous to Borneo, Indonesia. Cultivated in Asian and US nurseries
  • Aquarium placement: Middle and foreground. Rhizome should not be completely buried.
  • Care: Easy to Moderate
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