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Ammannia gracilis

Red Ammannia

Ammannia gracilis

Red Ammannia

  • Colourful stem plant
  • Narrow, 7 to 12 cm long leaves
  • Upright growth habit
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Description

For many years, Ammannia gracilis is known in the aquarium hobby as one of the most colourful stem plants. It is often falsely labeled Nesaea crassicaulis (Ammannia crassicaulis) in trade. True Ammannia crassicaulis is a similar species that gets only yellowish green to reddish under water, not as red as A. gracilis, however it is probably no longer cultivated as aquarium plant. A. gracilis is native to West Africa (Senegambia) where it occurs as wetland plant in full sun, at sandy riverbanks and in floodplains. The plant is able to grow above and under water. In its terrestrial form its leaves are inconspicuously green. However it develops its up to 12 cm long submerged leaves when it is under water. The upper side of the leaves is brown-red, the lower side deeply violet.

The Red Ammannia is one of the more demanding aquarium plants. It should get much light; complete macro- and micronutrient supply, also via the bottom, is important. Rather soft water is beneficial, but with CO2 addition the plant also thrives in medium hard water. It prefers higher temperatures above 24 °C and still tolerates 32 °C. Several stems of different length should be planted into the ground with some space to each other. As well as other stem plants, this Ammannia is propagated by cuttings of the stem tip and side shoots.

With its broad shoots and splendid brown-red coloration, the Red Ammannia looks best as a group in the midground of larger aquariums. It is well suited for creating "plant streets" in Dutch style tanks. Ammannia gracilis may also be interesting for open tanks because it readily grows out of the water. Strong lighting provided, one may expect its little light purple flowers.

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Ammannia gracilis originates from swampy areas in West Africa. The first specimens of the African hygro were brought into the hobby by aquarist P. J. Bussink who found them in Liberia. Ammania gracilis is probably the most popular of the genus due to its beauty and its moderate requirements.

Although A. gracilis may be an uncomplicated stem plant, it only shows its full potential under strong lights; moreover, it needs sufficient amounts of CO2 (25-30 mg/l). It prefers soft and slightly acidic water, but adapts well to more extreme water parameters. Nitrate and phosphate should be added to the tank, as well as iron and other micronutrients. A lack of iron shows in fading leaf colour, whereas too ample a provision leads to longer stems and a less intensive red (a high nitrate content also leads to the leaves turning green). A. (read more)

Complete botanical name Ammánnia grácilis Guill. & Perr.
Family Lythraceae
Genus Ammannia
Difficulty medium
Colour red, reddish
Texture großblättrig
Usage Accent (red), Background, Midground, Street (Dutch style)
Aquascaping very colourful plant for accents
Height 20 - 50cm
Width 12 - 20cm
Growth fast
pH value 5 - 7
Temperature tolerance 12 - 32°C
Carbonate hardness 0 - 14°dKH
General hardness 0 - 30°dGH
Propagation Cuttings
Can grow emersed? yes
Source Flowgrow
Complete botanical name
Ammánnia grácilis Guill. & Perr.
Family
Lythraceae
Genus
Ammannia
Difficulty
medium
Colour
red, reddish
Texture
großblättrig
Usage
Accent (red), Background, Midground, Street (Dutch style)
Aquascaping
very colourful plant for accents
Height
20 - 50cm
Width
12 - 20cm
Growth
fast
pH value
5 - 7
Temperature tolerance
12 - 32°C
Carbonate hardness
0 - 14°dKH
General hardness
0 - 30°dGH
Propagation
Cuttings
Can grow emersed?
yes
Source
Flowgrow

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