Tonina Fluviatilis

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Aquarium Plants
15.00 AUD 11.95 AUD

Tonina fluviatilis comes from slow-moving, black water rivers and streams from Mexico and Cuba to northern South America, forming dense mats in shallow water. It was first imported by Japanese hobbyists, who were the first to recognize its beauty and suitability as an aquarium plant. Although it is a rather recent addition to the planted aquarium hobby in the U.S., it is quickly gaining popularity and becoming more common in the trade. *

T. fluviatilis makes many special demands on the hobbyist, making it unsuitable for beginners. This stem plant requires at least moderately soft water in order for it to thrive; a GH of about 5 or less should be adequate. The substrate material should be acidic (such as Florabase, or ADA Aquasoil), although a mature Eco-complete or Flourite substrate with peat under layer will suffice. Lighting should be intense (3 watts per gallon or more). CO2 injection is a necessity for this plant to thrive as well.

Surprisingly, T. fluviatilis is not all too fussy about water column fertilization other than ample additions of iron/micronutrients. However. do not let nitrate and phosphate levels reach zero. Because of this plant's special demands, some hobbyists choose to set up a special aquarium just for it and other soft water, acidic substrate loving species (Syngonanthus spp., Eriocaulon spp., etc.).

T. fluviatilis grows vertically even under very intense light, setting out the occasional side shoots along the length of the stem. Because of its moderate growth rate can be smothered by more competitive, faster-growing stem plants; make sure that it does not get shaded. When this plant grows too tall, simply top and replant the more robust top portions. To propagate, snip off the side shoots with a pair of scissors and replant. Replant only the top two inches of each stem for best results, as starting with trimmings that are too tall will result in the lower portions becoming rooty and ratty. Shorter trimmings will grow out into cleaner, healthier-looking stalks.

This Tonina species is an excellent green accent plant in the mid-ground to the background of an aquascape because of its unique, fresh green foliage. It would be an excellent candidate for a Dutch-style tank, because of its moderate growth rate, very vertical growth habit, and adjustable height.

Hardiness: Difficult

Light Needs: High

Plant Structure: Stem

Family: Eriocaulaceae

Genus: Tonina

Region: Central/South America, West Indies, Mexico

Location: South America, ranging north into Central America

Size: Individual stem width: 2-3cm (1-1.5in)

Growth Rate: Medium

Can Be Grown Emersed: Yes


For sale per 5 stems 


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Other things to consider before placing an order:

* Check to see if your tank has enough space.
* Ensure your tank is fully cycled.
* Ensure your new livestock is compatible tank mates for any other fish you currently have (in terms of habitat, species, requirements, temperament, and size)
* Ensure that your water parameters, habitat and temperature are suitable for the species you want to introduce.
* Do not stock your tank too quickly, or suddenly a large influx of fish can unbalance your water parameters that will affect the water quality.
* Do not feed your new fish for 24hrs. They need time to settle in and feel at home. Feeding them too quickly puts their health at risk, and it can even affect your water quality. If you have existing fish in your aquarium, feeding them before releasing the new fish is a good idea.
* Don’t be alarmed if, upon arrival, your fish, shrimp or snail look pale or lethargic. This is normal behaviour while in transit, and they should return to full colour and vibrancy after settling into their new home for a few days.

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