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Tonina fluviatilis

Tonina fluviatilis

  • Highly decorative stem plant from tropical America
  • Light green with slightly silvery shine
  • Recommendable for soft water tanks
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Description

Tonina fluviatilis is an exceptional, especially decorative stem plant from the tropics of Central and South America. There it grows emersed and submerged in soft, acid, clear waters, also in blackwater biotopes. It is a member of the Pipewort family (Eriocaulaceae) as well as Eriocaulon and Syngonanthus. Only in recent times Tonina fluviatilis has gained wider distribution in the aquarium hobby. Its thin, branched stems are densely set with lanceolate, only about 1 - 1.5 cm long leaves that are a freshly light green colour with slightly silvery shine under water.

As a typical soft water plant, Tonina fluviatilis is suited for appropriate aquariums with soft, rather acid water and high CO2 concentration (about 20-30 mg/l). It prefers also strong lighting. An acid substrate, for example a type of aquasoil, is recommendable, as well as as a balanced nutrient supply, particularly with micronutrients. Its growth rate is only moderate. Tonina is easily propagated by stem cuttings.

Tonina fluviatilis looks especially well as a group in the midground to background. With its exotic habit it fits well in tanks with other unusual plants, e.g. Syngonanthus and Eriocaulon species, sharing the same demands with them. It is also interesting for blackwater biotope aquariums, provided that its high lighting and CO2 demands can be covered.

Please be aware that the submerse form of this plant could contain snails and other invertebrates.

Tonina fluviatilis originates from slow-flowing blackwater rivers and rivulets from Mexico to northern South-Americas, where it forms dense mat-like populations in shallow-water zones. It was first imported by Japanese aquarists who realised its beauty and suitability for aquatic layouts. Even though T. fluviatilis is still quite new in the hobby, it has been gaining increasing popularity and is now more and more frequently found in trade.
T. fluviatilis is the only species of the genus Tonina. It has a certain variability, and various location varietys are known whose habit differs a little. Some other stem-forming Eriocaulacea have erroneously been introduced to the hobby as Tonina species (for Tonina sp. 'Belem' and T. sp. 'Manaus', please see Syngonanthus macrocaulon and Syngonanthus cf. inundatus).

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Complete botanical name Tonina fluviátilis Aubl.
Family Eriocaulaceae
Genus Tonina
Difficulty very difficult
Usage Midground
Growth medium
pH value 4 - 7
Temperature tolerance 18 - 29°C
Carbonate hardness 0 - 8°dKH
General hardness 0 - 30°dGH
Propagation Cuttings
Can grow emersed? yes
Source Flowgrow
Complete botanical name
Tonina fluviátilis Aubl.
Family
Eriocaulaceae
Genus
Tonina
Difficulty
very difficult
Usage
Midground
Growth
medium
pH value
4 - 7
Temperature tolerance
18 - 29°C
Carbonate hardness
0 - 8°dKH
General hardness
0 - 30°dGH
Propagation
Cuttings
Can grow emersed?
yes
Source
Flowgrow

General information

Item no.
135.0409.00
EAN
Weight 0,10 kg
Shipping weight 0,10 kg

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Sam N.
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17th August 2018
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Tonina fluviatilis - Bunch

Die Pflanzen wurden in guter Menge, etwa 10 Stengel, und in guter Gesundheit geliefert. Algen oder Nährstoffmängel konnte ich nicht erkennen.