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Information and techniques for growing aquatic Pearl plants

It is one of the beautiful and easy to grow foreground plants, but not everyone knows how to care for it so it stays green and free from moss. Now this website would like to guide you to plant and care for Pearl Pearl...

By Ken aquariumsPublished about a month ago 7 min read

Living condition :

– Water: clear and clean

– PH: 5.5-7.5

– Nutrition: little, but needs enough micronutrients

– Temperature (important): below 20-30 degrees

– Light (important): strong – extremely strong.

– Co2: very necessary

Characteristics and basic information of the pearl pearl plant

The pearl pearl plant's scientific name is Micranthemum Monte Carlo. This is a common aquatic plant in South America. However, currently this type of aquatic plant is grown in many parts of the world, mainly to supply aquariums.

The pearl pearl plant is very difficult to grow in aquariums, but it grows easily in natural environments, especially in streams that are clear and have regularly flowing water.Origin: South America

Name: Micranthemum Monte Carlo

Growth speed: fast and average, compare the crawling speed with other common flower plants as follows. Japanese pearls (fastest) > Pearl pearls> Cuban pearls> Pan fried ox mao

Height: maximum from 3 to tpHCM

Requires medium and strong light at temperatures around 20-29 degrees (best below 27 degrees). Co2 is not necessary but will grow more beautifully and strongly if there is enough (about 15-30 ppm co 2)

Nutrition: requires a lot of Carbon and Oxygen, N P K, and trace amounts of Fe. Not too demanding, especially like Nitrogen in form 3/nh 4

Prefers clean, nutrient-rich water, but is easily attacked and killed by green moss.

Benefits of growing pearlescent plants for aquariums

Prevent algae: Pearl pearls will absorb essential nutrients including iron. nitrate, Potassium, . .. helps reduce algae growth.

Filters toxins: The Pearl plant helps filter fish waste and absorb nitrates from leaves and soil. Plays an essential role in the detoxification process of carbon absorption.

Create a haven for fish: Fresh green pearl mats are a great place to help fish lay their eggs and give the fish in your tank the opportunity to reproduce even better.

Air bubble effect: Instead of placing an air compressor or air duct in the aquarium, which reduces the lifespan, the pearl persimmon plant can provide more oxygen in the aquarium when absorbing CO2 emitted by the fish during the process. swim.

Fish tank decoration: The green color of pearl pearls along with the colorful colors of ornamental fish will create a very unique and impressive space.

How to grow pearl plant in an aquarium

When buying Pearl Pearls at an aquatic store, you need to wash them very cleanly in the following way:

Wash soil and sand from plants

Pick off yellow and soggy leaves

Divide the plants into small clusters of 3 to 5 tops per cluster

After separating the clusters, you should drop the pearl clusters onto the background as shown above. Should be planted closer to the tree.

When starting to plant, the leaves will often rot. That is the process of the plant converting from dry leaves to water leaves, so you don't need to worry.

After 2 or 4 weeks, if the plant is provided with adequate CO2 and nutrients, the plant will grow well and begin to spread throughout the tank.How to care for pearlescent plant

When newly planted, pearl pearls are susceptible to plant breakage, stem washing, and leaf loss. This is an obvious phenomenon in any aquarium.

When growing this plant, you should not release tank cleaning fish including: goby, rat fish, pencil fish and some other types of tank cleaning fish.

The reason why you should not release fish to clean the tank when you first plant it is because the above fish have the habit of digging into the substrate and nibbling on the leaves and stems of the pearl plant. That's why many people can't grow them because other ornamental fish come and destroy them.

When you first plant, you should drop a little shrimp to help kill moss on the tapioca plant. When the plants start to grow and grow better, you can add many small fish and other types of tank-cleaning fish.Very important notes when taking care of pearlescent plant

Pearl pearls are affected by brown algae: Pearl pearls do not like unusual fluctuations in the environment due to the intensity and illumination of lights, insufficient water fertilization or temperature and filter changes, causing an imbalance in the microflora. object.

How to grow pearls without Co2: Without Co2, you can still look like pearls, but they will not grow as beautifully as you want and will not crawl on the carpet. not lush green. Because of Co2, pearls can photosynthesize and grow quickly.

How to trim pearl pearls: When they have sprouted to a height of about 4cm, trim them away, leaving only about 1cm to 2cm. Pearl pearls will grow greener and more beautiful, so you should regularly prune the leaves, and prune them as soon as they grow taller

Some frequently asked questions when growing pearlescent plants

Many aquarists have questions about issues related to pearl persimmon plants. To find the answer, please join Ken's store to see the answers below!

How to deal with rotten leaves and stems of pearl pearl plants?

In case the tree's trunk is rotting because the water is too hot, you need to adjust the water temperature to a standard level of about 16 to 25 degrees.

Excessive light: The light is on for too long and the light is close to the tank, causing too much light, making it easier for algae to grow and also making the water temperature in the tank hotter, causing the plants to rot.

Excess nutrients: Excess nutrients are also the reason why the stems rot, then you need to replace the water.

The tank is too dirty: The water in the tank is dirty and cloudy without watering for a long time, also making the plant susceptible to diseases and causing stem and leaf rot.Why don't the pearl plants grow when planted?

Many people who have just started growing Pearl Pearls have encountered poor plant growth, even if the plant does not grow after many times of planting and care. The main reason is because the water is too hot, no lights, little nutrients and lack of co2.

Standard formula for pearls to grow well in aquariums

First: Cool temperature: From 12 to 25 degrees

Light: Continuous lighting for 6 or 8 hours depending on the tank's environment. If your aquarium is placed in a closed room without sunlight or natural light, it will cause difficulties when the plants grow. The lights need to be high-end lights and have better light than chihiros wrgb lights.

Nutrition: Plants need to be well cared for to grow, so pay attention that if there is enough moisture combined with too much light or heat, the plant's leaves will rot.

Water: The water in the tank needs to be clean and have flow.

Co 2: Planted pearls need to provide quite a lot of co2. If there is no co2, it is best not to buy the plant to grow yourself because it will be difficult to grow in a low co 2 environment.

In short: When playing with pearls, you have to buy them and plant them many times to gain appropriate care experience.

1. How to care

It is one of the easiest aquatic plants to grow, but we also need to take care of it to fully suit its living conditions!

First of all, when placing the plant in the tank, we should divide it evenly and then plant it in the ground 2-3cm apart. Divide evenly to cover the entire area that needs to be plugged. The purpose of this is to help the plant absorb nutrients in the soil evenly and the Pearl Pearls will grow more evenly!

After finishing planting, we add water. Note that we should add water slowly so that the plant does not rise out of the water. The Pearl Pearl plant is a plant that does not require many nutrients but needs all the necessary micronutrients for the plant! where microbiology is also important. Second, the water also needs to be clear! so that the light is enough to shine on the bottom of the lake, so you also need to pay attention to using an effective filtering system for the best growth of the Pearl Pearl Plant.

As for lighting, for those using odyssea lights, tanks from 60cm to larger, 2 light troughs will help the Pearl Pearl plant grow very quickly. For those of you using artificial LEDs or artificial lights, you should refer to our article on Lighting in aquariums to use lighting appropriately. Pearlescent plant is a cutting plant that requires moderate to very strong light! Then it will crawl all over the tank and look very beautiful. If the light is not enough, the plant will show signs of being waterlogged and will rise up without crawling towards the background.

In addition to the above factors, CO2 is one of the factors that helps pearl tapioca plants grow quickly and beautifully. For tanks 100-150L or less, CO2 completely dissolved in water must be 1-1.5 g/s. For tanks over 150L, ​​CO2 completely dissolved must be at least 2g/s if the tank has few plants and 3g/s with tanks planted with many plants.

When you ensure balance and completeness in all of the above conditions, you can absolutely have for yourself a beautiful carpet of pearl pearls.

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  • HK Decor6 days ago

    Very inspiring read, thanks for sharing. Please develop it further so I can have more of this interesting knowledge

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