Is It A Waste Of Time And Money To Try And Grow Buce In Non Co2 Tanks?

Stan510

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Tell me the truth,Bruce. Are they just hangers on in fish tanks with plants? Since that is what I have. But,I do get decent growth now out of Bolbitis and Anubias..Java Moss. Some people might say "Everybody does with those plants" but there are countless posts of failing with those so..I know nothing is a sure thing.
Any particular Buce easier/faster/better bloomer in no Co2 tanks?
 

Claudio

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I have a Bucephalandra Lavandau Blue that I put in my tank more than 1 year ago. It is a low light, no-CO2 tank, with hard water (KH>10°) and this particular Bucephalandra is slowly but steadly growing, starting from a small piece of rizome. It is even flowering. So some Buce can do well.
I tried also a Bucephalandra Apple Leaf but it did not grow well (still alive, but is not growing) in my tank.
Both the plants were purchased from another aquarist as simple pieces of rizomes.

Talking with other people keeping Bucephalandra in Italy, my idea is that:
1) the CO2 is not needed at all (will grow faster with it but it is not needed, most people keep them in low tech tanks);
2) the most important value for Bucephalandra is stability: they do not like fast changes in water values, in particular conductivity. If you have a conductivity meter you can check that the conductivity do not swing too much. Stability is the key;
3) most (but not all) types of Bucephalandra likes low KH. Some (i.e. Lavandau) thrives even in high KH. Tomorrow I will receive a piece of Dark Jade, that has been told to be another Buce for hard water.

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Stan510

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Thanks...I'm late to answer having forgotten I posted the topic. My tank has settled down and I might try those varieties- thanks.
 

Claudio

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Thanks...I'm late to answer having forgotten I posted the topic. My tank has settled down and I might try those varieties- thanks.
Hi,
few days after I wrote my message in this topic, I added also a "Dark Jade". Both Bucephalandra are going well, two days ago I had to prune the Lamandau Blue.
In this time I learned that they like much:
  • stability of the tank, in particular stability of EC.
  • fertilization with Fe and Microelements.
They do not need CO2 and do not like big water changes that makes dropping the EC. In my opinion are good plants for low-tech, relaxed maintenance, tanks.