Madagascar Lace (Aponogeton madagascariensis ). This plant originates from Madagascar. It is a very popular aquarium plant with netted looking green leaves. Its lacy leaf structure is unique, hence the common name Madagascar lace. Displaying this plant as centerpiece for any aquarium is ideal. It is a perennial aquatic plant with tuberous rhizomes (bulb). The leaves are oblong and lattice like and can grow to a height of 25-50 cm. Propagation occurs through bulb separation or formation of seeds after flowering.
This plant is ideal for all aquariums because it keeps the water healthy and more stable. It is a great plant for shrimp due to the large surface area the leaves create. The leaf structure of this plant make the algae growing on the leaf hard to remove, I recommend using algae eating fish the help clean the leaves, such as small plecos, Royal Farlowella and Panda Garras are good a keeping the leaves clean from algae.
It is best kept in softer water with a pH of 5.5-7.5, hardness of 2-15 dGH and a temperature of 68-720 F (20-220 C). Lighting should be medium in the range of 3 to 5 watts per gallon, using full spectrum (5000-7000K) bulbs.
Purchase Size: Large plant. 12" to 14"