Crystalwort AKA Riccia (Riccia fluitans) Tissue Culture
Crystalwort (Riccia fluitans) is one of the most popular foreground plants for the serious freshwater aquarium. This plant naturally grows as a mass that floats at the surface of the water. However, it can also be collected in a piece of hair net and tied to driftwood and rockwork. This netting can also be placed and weighed down across the substrate and, in time and with the proper care, it creates a lush green carpet that can cover the entire foreground of the aquarium. It can also be attached under the same sort of netting to cover rocks and driftwood as well. It is very easy to maintain and propagate.
While not an expert-level plant, Crystalwort requires pruning and maintenance for optimal health. Once established, it tends to grow very quickly and can develop dead spots in its mass when it is overgrown. CO2 supplementation is beneficial and will contribute to much faster growth and stability. However, when it is attached properly and pruned regularly, it looks very elegant and can be used to create the illusion of an underwater tree when it is attached to thin branches of driftwood.
We offer this plant in tissue culture form. 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 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.
Like most plants, Crystalwort will benefit from supplementation such as Seachem Flourish, Flourish Excel, Nitrogen and other plant supplements.
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What We Like About This Plant:
- Rich, bright green coloration
- Easy to moderate care
- Provides protective cover for fry and can be attached to most any surface in the aquarium
- Tissue cultures contain no unwanted pest animals or algae
- Temperature: 59-86° F (15-30° C)
- pH: 6.0-8.0
- Lighting: Moderate to High
- Origin: Indigenous to Japan (submerged variety), “cloned” in tissue cultures
- Aquarium Placement: Any, including floating
- Care: Easy