As one of the reddest of the red plants, Ludwigia sp. ‘Rubin’ is quite an eye catcher. Even a few stems make a big impact as either a neatly maintained mid ground stand or as a group of stems protruding from behind a differently colored plant in the background. It makes a great contrast to either light or dark green plants. The ‘Rubin’ variety is very easy to grow and has no particular demands. It grows quickly and equally well in a wide variety of conditions. Unfortunately, maintaining its deep red coloration is somewhat more of a challenge. Strong lighting with a good supply of iron go a long way towards that goal.
Level of difficulty: Low
Lighting requirements: High
CO2 Required: High
Aquasoil Required: No
Growth rate: High
EpicAquatics is a newly established company in South Africa located in Pretoria. Our aim is to increase the experience for the South African aquascaping community by producing and supplying a large selection of quality fresh water plants all year round. All our plants are carefully selected and monitored to ensure quality products are supplied at affordable prices.
All the plants produced in our local greenhouse are grown emersed, meaning the plants are grown fully exposed to air. The roots and substrate are flooded with water, but there is no standing water above the stems and leaves.
The reasons for this method of growing are below:
Plants grown emersed ship better, they are shipped exposed to air just like they are grown
No algae on the leaves, roots or stems
Plants are much stronger and robust compared to submersed plants
1. Remove the label
2. Remove the rock wool together with the plant from the net pot
3. Remove the rock wool from the root system , take care not to break or tear the larger roots while doing this
4. Plant the stems using tweezers into the substrate
Transitioning process – emersed to submersed growth in your aquarium
Provide good water conditions for your plants
Dose a respectable aquatic fertilizer for your plants , follow the instructions from the manufacturer
Provide the correct lighting spectrum , based on the plants needs
Prune dead leaves and stems constantly
A Co2 system is a good addition into your aquarium for the plants to flourish
Conduct 20-30% water changed once a week to ensure good water conditions
Patience is key for the transition to take place
In a few days, after placing your plants in the aquarium you will notice much of the leaves start to melt and fall away. This means the transition process has started. Please note the plants might look DEAD, but they are fully alive, so do not panic. After a few days you will notice new growth will appear and the plant will fully change its form into submersed growth. Continuous trimming and fertilization is needed for the plants to thrive in your aquarium.
All plants have specific needs but if you follow the general instructions on our labels the plant will transition well and will eventually succeed and prosper in your aquarium.