Vast areas from India to New Guinea grow beautiful aquatic plant called Blix Japanese (blyxa japonica). It is especially common in shallow areas — in coastal strips, in rice fields, irrigation channels. Its popularity is a plant is obliged aquarists who use it in their awesome beauty of the aquarium compositions.
Looks like Bush, Blix Japanese is a stem plant with a short and tight to each other internodes. Narrow pointed leaves extending from the stem is quite powerful, can have color from green to Golden-red. It depends mainly on the conditions of detention. Leaf tips slightly bent downwards, which gives the plant an especially sophisticated look. Blooms small white flowers arranged on a long stem. Blix Japanese is large, the maximum height is 15 cm, approximately the same width reaches this plant.
The content Requirements are quite moderate and special difficulties did not cause. Main thing is to have enough lighting, additional food for obtaining the necessary color of leaves and the flow of CO2. For the Japanese blixy the most preferred acidic soil, rich in composition, because the power plants occurs mainly through the root system. When a sufficient amount of iron in the aquarium and good light the leaves become reddish. However, in some cases such coloration may be caused by lack of nutrients. If the lighting is poor, the color of the leaves turns bright green. For flowering is required to maintain a high level of phosphates. Then on long thin stalks will begin to appear small white flowers. Even under optimal conditions the rate of increase in plant growth was not very fast. Height, which can reach the Blix Japanese, mainly depends on the degree of illumination. When a sufficient amount of light the plant barely reaches 7-10 cm, and if the light is weak, it can stretch out to maximum length.
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In the care of the Blix should be treated very carefully to the composition of water. It is very important for such sensitive plants. Most suitable is soft water, which is the pH 5.5-7.5. The root system is very fragile part of the plant and too hard water it can destroy, as a result, the grass will be on the surface. Recommended quality filter and change water (at least a fifth part of it) 2 times a month. Maintain an optimum temperature should be from 22 to 28 ⁰C. Regularly need to make the necessary root feeding and fertilization, as well as to ensure the supply of CO2.
In violation of the conditions of detention Blix Japanese may lose their decorative characteristics. When lighting is poor and the lack of minerals or too hard water inhibited the growth of a plant, the stem is partially exposed, and the remaining leaves take on a faded appearance. At the same time, Blix is considered to be fairly persistent resident of the aquarium, tolerates direct sunlight and the absence of heating.
Very cautiously it is necessary to apply different means to care for the aquarium ecosystem. They are used to suppress pathogenic microflora and algae. The most popular of all ""Sidex"". Subject to the necessary dosages it is not harmful to the plants. Cases of adverse effects ""Sidex "" Blix, Japanese arise when the violated the recommended dosage or frequency of payment of funds.
Sand, gravel, excellent quality of the soil. Its thickness should be at least 4 cm, and when planting the roots, it is recommended to plant small clay balls.
The Plant may die, if not carried out timely feeding. For this purpose, use is usually clay, sapropel or specialized substrate. Food plants mainly occurs by means of root system. But we should not forget about the liquid fertilizer, the introduction of which contributes to giving the leaves an unusual reddish hue.
Instead of a long pagon Blix Japanese, unlike other plants of this type, produces many side shoots. They are quite easy to separate from the main plant with a knife. This must be done carefully, because Blix — the plant is very fragile and easy to damage it quite simple. Transplanting them can cause difficulty, because to fix in the ground, these shoots with good buoyancy, is often problematic. But rooting is fast, and then the root system begins to develop very actively, making new shoots. Thus, Blix Japanese gradually takes the form of a Bush.
When these shrubs form in the aquarium, the carpet, it gets crowded, so some of them can drop roots and float to the surface. In the basis of their sockets you can see the young roots. Such a Bush is enough to stick in the ground, and it will continue to grow.
Due to the famous Japanese Takashi Amano, who used the Blix Japanese for forming in the aquarium green of the hills in the middle ground, this plant has gained popularity among aquarists. Looks great Blix and the transitional steps between plants of different plans, and in the background. It looks quite attractive among large stones, especially in combination with low-growing plants arranged in the foreground. It is best to plant the plant in the center, where it eventually forms the clearing. Small schooling fish look good against the background of these green bushes.
Despite its modest appearance, this plant fits perfectly in the original composition. Suitable for small aquariums and larger. Planted in the foreground groups of 3-4 Bush, it will look spectacular Blix Japanese. Photos of aquariums, where among other presents and this plant, will not leave anyone indifferent, because the splendor of the underwater world always catches the eye....
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