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Tropica on Wood Bolbitis heudelotii

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Bolbitis heudelotii

Mangrove wood with a rooted Bolbitis.

Bolbitis comes from West Africa, a fern with very beautiful transparent green leaves, 15-40 cm tall and wide. When planting do not cover the rhizome because it will rot, and it is best to plant Bolbitis heudelotii on a root or stone. Keep the plant in position with fishing line until it has gained a hold. Easy to propagate by splitting the horizontal rhizome. Growth can be increased considerably by supplying CO2, and is only optimal in soft, slightly acidic water.

Plant info





Country or continent where a plant is the most common. Cultivars arise or are bred in cultivation.

Growth rate:


Growth rate of the plant compared to other aquatic plants.


15 - 30+

Average height (cm) of the plant after two months in the tank.

Light demand:


The average or medium light demand of an aquarium plant is 0,5 W/L.

CO2 :


A medium need in CO2 is 6-14 mg/L. A high demand in CO2 is approx. 15-25 mg/L.

Plants that require a little extra

  • The plants require 20-40 lumen (or ½ watt T5) per litre to thrive.

  • CO2 supply is recommended to help plants grow with good colour and density.

  • Weekly maintenance times of ½-1 hour will be required depending on the growth and development of the plants.

  • Bottom substrate and liquid fertilisers are required. Special fertiliser is recommended.