Leptodictyum Riparium

Origin:Australia, Central Europe, and South America
Growth Rate:Medium
Light Demand:Medium
CO2 Demand:Low

Leptodictyum Riparium is also known as “Kneiff’s feathermoss”, “streamside leptodictyum moss”, or “knapwort” which is an aquatic plant species belonging to the Amblystegiaceae family. Although its natural habitat is said to be in Australia, Central Europe, and South America, it also has a wide range in the rest of the world. This plant is often mistaken for Stringy Moss and unlike it, Leptodictyum Riparium grows not only upward but in all directions, and this respect, it is more like the Java Moss plant. The growth habits and the differences from Stringy Moss were mentioned in the taxonomic literature by Frahm and Frey in 1992. In nature, it usually wraps the rocks or driftwoods with its rhizoids. It can be grown both submerged and emerged, so it especially can be used to decorate aquariums above water decorations such as terrariums. The Emerged forms grow faster than the submerged forms.

Leptodictyum Riparium can grow up to 30 cm in length. It has narrow and green leaves in the form of two rows on the main thread, and the branches are also very narrow compared to other moss plants. The branches and leaves gather together and give it the appearance of a moss bush. On the other hand, the leaf cells of this plant are also very long and narrow, and their length can reach up to 20 times their width.

This plant can be grown in all tank sizes, from nano tanks to large tanks. The ideal water pH balance is between 5,0-8,0 and the ideal water hardness is between 0-30 dGH. 4-26°C water temperatures are ideal for the plant to grow healthy. Unlike most aquatic plants, Leptodictyum Riparium can tolerate both hot and cold water with a wide range of water hardness. However, it can also live in environments with low carbon dioxide and light intensity. Additional carbon dioxide, regular nutrients supply, and high-intensity lighting support its health and increase the growth rate substantially.

Splitting and cutting of the plant are one method to propagate this plant. As the plant has reached sufficient height, the daughter plants can be separated from the parent plant and replanted so that they can grow as an independent plant. If appropriate environmental parameters exist, it will take a short time for Leptodictyum Riparium to grow and reach the parent plant size in a short time.

In summary, unlike other aquarium plants, this plant, which can be grown both submerged and emerged, is especially preferred to decorate driftwoods or rock in the aquarium. This plant, which will cover the substrate in a short time with its easy care and rapid growth, is preferred due to the aesthetics it adds to the aquarium. Its ability to live in a wide range of parameters and tank sizes makes it one of the most preferred plants for beginner aquarists.

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