Blyxa Japonica (pot)

Blyxa japonica is a unique aquatic plant often found in stagnant, shallow pools and marshes as well as in slow moving, iron-rich forest streams in tropical eastern Asia. It has gained popularity in recent years due to Takashi Amano's use of these plants in his "Nature" aquariums.

This Blyxa species is not too difficult to grow if its basic requirements are met: intense lighting in the 2-4 watts per gallon range, CO2 injection, and a fertilization regimen including nitrate, phosphate, potassium, and micronutrient supplementation. If conditions are to its liking and lighting is intense, the leaves will develop copper hues and the plants will exhibit more compact growth.

Despite its appearance, B. japonica is actually a stem plant growing on a densely foliated, short stem. Unlike other grassy mid- to foreground plants, it is not nearly as invasive since it does not produce long runners. Instead, it produces basal sideshoots which can easily be divided from the main plant with a sharp pair of scissors. These sideshoots take root quickly once in place.

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