This miniature Ludwigia species is perfect for even the smallest aquarium and will display striking bright red coloration with proper care!
Needle Leaf Ludwigia (Ludwigia arcuata) is a very attractive Ludwigia species whose small size and beautiful red coloration make it a highlight of the planted aquarium. Its narrow, pointed leaves are very unique among other Ludwigia species and give it a very elegant, delicate appearance. Like many of its close relatives, it is relatively hardy, undemanding, and can thrive in a variety of water parameters.
Care for Needle Leaf Ludwigia is identical to most other similar stem plants. It is best placed in the middle ground and will look its best under moderate to high lighting. It grows at a moderate rate with good maintenance and care. Like many plants, this plant will respond significantly to CO2 supplementation and high lighting, although these things are not required for Needle Leaf Ludwigia to thrive. It can be planted in the substrate and stems of excessive length can be trimmed, then the cuttings can be replanted to increase the bunch. It can also be planted emersed in terrariums, paludariums, and viquariums.
This listing is for the tissue culture form of Needle Leaf Ludwigia. Tissue cultures are superior to traditional forms of aquarium plants in many ways. They are produced in a completely sterile environment which eliminates the possibility of them carrying pest snails or algae spores. They have a shelf life (before introduction to the aquarium) of several months if properly maintained and they are housed in a nutrient gel until introduced to the aquarium. To introduce a tissue culture plant to the aquarium, simply rinse off as much nutrient gel as possible, then plant as usual. The nutrient gel will not harm your aquarium.
What We Like About This Plant:
- Tissue cultures contain no unwanted pest animals or algae
- Beautiful red coloration with proper care
- Moderately prolific and easy to prune
- Perfect for a middle ground highlight
- Relatively easy to maintain
- Temperature: 68° - 82° F (20° - 28° C)
- pH: 5.5 - 8.0
- Lighting: Moderate to High, more red coloration is achieved with higher lighting
- Origin: Lab-grown tissue culture, but indigenous to Southeastern US
- Aquarium placement: Middle and Foreground
- Care: Easy to Moderate