There are two forms of cf. U577, this is the green one. It is a trailing species from Thailand introduced in 2009, and is easy to grow, but prone to bronzing imperfections on the leaf. The leaves stay under 5″ and are defined by a broad silver green stripe that radiates out. Between this marking is are sections of dark green and maroon.
After a few months of a serious green water problem, some more experienced aquarist friends suggested installing a UV sterilizer. I don’t know very much about aquariums generally, but from what others have said and from a little research I’ve done, there aren’t any big downsides to using the sterilizer. The appliance “utilizes a germicidal fluorescent lamp that produces light at a wavelength of approximately 254 nanometers (2537 Angstroms). … As the light penetrates the bacteria/algae, it mutates the DNA (genetic […]
This was a Gesneriad show purchase, and unfortunately this one didn’t come with an ID. It is not surprisingly very easy to grow and propagate, and seems to stay an appropriate size to use in even smaller vivariums. The leaves only reach about 2″, and the growth habit is such that it will ramble as much as you let it, but it’s root structure is rather ill formed (at least in humid terraria) so it is very easy to cut […]
This stunning Begonia species is native to Borneo, and does well in terrariums with good air circulation. In my experience it is a slow growing plant, and prone to melting suddenly. When established it can form a large plant nearly 2′ in height. I’ve had it for years though, and it’s never gotten more than 8″. Maybe you will have better luck 🙂 There is also a red form of this species in cultivation, but I can’t seem to find […]
This Pilea is somewhat unique in it’s growth habit. Many Pileas grow in a rosette, and some trailing pileas move across the ground in a similar fashion to creeping Peperomias. This is somewhat of a hybrid, in that it grows a full little rosette, and then sends out a horizontal stem a few inches away, and grows another full looking rosette. It makes beautiful little colonies this way and doesn’t end up looking ‘shrubby’ like many Pileas. Here it is […]