Ampanius Bonsai – This is a aquarium plant with small leaves of green color. It is ideal for creating its own ecosystem in nano-akvarium. This plant is widely used as a decor. It is compact and slowly growing, due to which the recognition among avid aquarists gained.
Ampanius Bonsai belongs to the genus of grassy plants. Family – Derbenniki. The homeland of culture is West Africa. In nature, the plant can be found growing along the banks of rivers and in flooded areas. This culture is known for many aquarium owners as a rotal of elainamorph. However, she also has a number of other names:
- Ameltia Uliginos;
- Amletia Indika;
- Rotal Indika.
Representatives of this kind – This is a specially bred product of breeding work. It is preferable to grow it in small aquariums, placing along the walls. In this case, ammania bonsai creates the bewitching effect of a beautiful carpet. Due to its appearance, it is often used as a decoration of a small aquarium.
This culture has a direct and firm straightforward stalk. Its surface is quite fleshy. It has many small leaves in size about 1 cm. They have an oval shape. The front side is most often reddish-green, and the back – purple. Culture grows up to 20 cm. in height, and up to 2 cm. In width.
The underwater part of the culture has lanceolate leaflets, the length of which reaches 12 cm, and the width – 2 cm. In ammania bonsai, inflorescences are formed. They contain from 3 to 7 flowers of a delicate pale purple hue. The fruit resembles a twonosed spherical box, inside of which there are seeds.
Content in the aquarium
This culture belongs to the category of fragile and whimsical plants. Its content in the aquarium requires certain knowledge and compliance with several rules. Ammania bonsai is very sensitive to water temperature in the tank. Any deviations from the norm will entail the death of the plant. The water temperature should be at least 23°C, and no more than 26°FROM.
Water rigidity is also important.The minimum indicators are DH 2°. The maximum mark should not exceed DH 11°. Experts recommend adhere to the average to the plant to create favorable conditions – DH 2°.
Should not forget about the acidity. It is necessary to regularly monitor its level. This indicator should be within pH 6.5-7.
Filters should work around the clock. This plant loves crystal clean water. Change the liquid 1 time in 7 days. It is recommended to ensure the supply of CO2. Thus, the plant will be in the most favorable environment for it.
As a soil for ammania, Bonsai uses river sand, or small gravel. The most suitable is medium-zealous soil. Gravel or sand must be placed at the bottom of the aquarium in the form of a layer. The thickness of the layer should be approximately 1.5 cm. When landing, you should leave the distance between plants at least 3-4 cm, otherwise growing mini-kusts will interfere with each other to develop.
Lighting should be bright and intense. 0.5 W/l is considered optimal. This indicator allows the culture to form elegant leaflets with a reddish submone in the upper part of the stem. Light deficit will lead to the fact that the lower leaves will begin to dull and slowly rot. Because of this phenomenon of ammania, Bonsai loses its attractiveness and does not look aesthetically pleasing. Daylight hours should last at least 12 hours. Keep in mind that excessive lighting will also harm the plant.
This culture needs regular top dressing. It is preferable to choose mineral complexes in liquid form. They will positively affect the growth of the plant and the color of the sheets. Feeding should be introduced during water replacement. When choosing fertilizer, carefully study the composition. It should contain iron, phosphates in volume 1.5-2 mg/l, and nitrates up to 5 mg/l.
Ampanius Bonsai should not be planted in the aquarium, where it is planned to maintain large and active fish, which digs the soil. As a result of such actions, leaflets and stem can be damaged. Culture should not be placed in one aquarium with algae «Black beard». They destroy the tissues of the plant, and also create a shortage of light for it.
Culture is subject to water aphid attack. It leaves small holes on the leaves of dark color.
Since ammania bonsai grows quite slowly, it is not required to cut it. However, if this was required, it is important to know about the intricacies of this procedure:
- You need to cut off 2/3 of the culture, starting from above;
- The cut part can be planted in a new place.
The plant should not be overgrown to the plant, as this will negatively affect the growth of young shoots, and will also cause the fall and rotting of processes.
Many relate to ammania bonsai as an ordinary aquarium plant. However, it is not as simple as it might seem at first glance. The plant has several rather interesting facts:
- Initially, only Buddhist monks and priests were engaged in its cultivation. The people gained popularity only after several hundred years.
- In nature, representatives of this culture can live for several centuries, while their height will not exceed 80 cm.
- Ampanius Bonsai is widely used in the field of art.
- In 1881, culture began to be used on the farm.
- Culture received its name in honor of the professor of Leipzig University and a German doctor – Paul Ammann.
Ampanius Bonsai – This is an interesting plant. It is especially common in India, in Vietnam, Japan, and China. When creating favorable conditions, the main decoration of the nano-akvarium.