An Indonesian stream

Blyxa echinosperma (Giant Japanese rush)

Hygrophila corymbosa 'Crispa'

Rotala wallichii (Whorly rotala)

The dose planting of the fine-leaved blyxa and broadleaved cryptocorynes provides a striking contrast in texture, especially as the two groups intermingle with each other.

Cryptocoryne Affinis

Cryptocoryne affinis

An ideal substrate should consist of a fine or sandy medium, with an additional iron-rich planting substrate.

The dose planting of the fine-leaved blyxa and broadleaved cryptocorynes provides a striking contrast in texture, especially as the two groups intermingle with each other.

In the rain forests of Indonesia there are many small tropical streams, often slow moving and swamplike, with overhanging vegetation creating light and dark patches. A number of aquatic plants flourish in the iron-rich reddish substrate, which is interspersed with small pebbles and stones. Many of the species for this biotope are slow growing and do not require strong light, making this biotope an ideal one for beginners to attempt. However, not all the plants from this region will do well without strong lighting. Many are found in areas with little overhanging vegetation, where intense sunlight penetrates the shallow waters.

The red substrate often found in these types of streams is the result of iron, and can be recreated using a reddish brown gravel. Water quality should be neutral to soft (pH 6.8-7.2), with a temperature of 77-80°F (25-27°C). Provide additional C02.

Blyxa echinosperma (Giant Japanese rush)

Hygrophila corymbosa 'Crispa'

Tank dimensions

Rotala wallichii (Whorly rotala)

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