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Pogostemon stellatus "Octopus", a variant of Pogostemon stellatus with a unique, branching growth pattern:

Species: Pogostemon stellatus "Octopus"

Common Names: Octopus Pogostemon

Difficulty Level: Moderate to Difficult

Lighting Requirements: High (at least 3-4 watts per gallon of aquarium lighting)

CO2 Requirements: Recommended for optimal growth

Water Parameters:

  • Temperature: 68-82°F (20-28°C)
  • pH: 6.0-7.5
  • Hardness: Soft to moderately hard water (2-10 dKH)

Plant Placement: Background or Mid-ground

Propagation: Cuttings or side shoots

Care Tips:

  • Lighting: Pogostemon stellatus "Octopus" requires high lighting levels to thrive and maintain its unique branching growth pattern. Use high-quality LED or fluorescent lights with a color temperature around 6500K or higher for optimal growth. Ensure that the light reaches the bottom of the aquarium where Pogostemon stellatus "Octopus" is planted to prevent leggy growth.

  • CO2: Providing supplemental CO2 is recommended for Pogostemon stellatus "Octopus", as it can promote faster growth and maintain the unique branching growth pattern. CO2 injection can help to maintain healthy and compact growth, as well as prevent algae growth. Aim for a CO2 level of around 20-30 ppm for best results.

  • Water Parameters: Pogostemon stellatus "Octopus" prefers slightly acidic to neutral pH and soft to moderately hard water. Keep the water clean and well-aerated, and perform regular water changes to maintain optimal water quality. Avoid sudden changes in water parameters, as it can cause stress and affect plant health.

  • Substrate: Provide a nutrient-rich substrate to promote healthy root growth. Pogostemon stellatus "Octopus" can benefit from a nutrient-rich substrate such as aquarium soil, clay-based substrate, or nutrient-rich gravel. You can also add root tabs or liquid fertilizers to provide essential nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium.

  • Pruning and Propagation: Regular pruning is important to maintain a neat appearance and encourage bushier growth. Trim any yellow or damaged leaves and trim the stems to the desired height using sharp aquarium scissors. Pogostemon stellatus "Octopus" can propagate through cuttings or side shoots, which can be replanted in the substrate to create new plants.

  • Placement: Pogostemon stellatus "Octopus" can be used as a background or mid-ground plant in the aquarium. Its unique branching growth pattern can create an interesting and eye-catching focal point in your aquascape. Consider planting it in groups or clusters for a denser appearance and to showcase its distinctive growth form.

  • Algae Control: Pogostemon stellatus "Octopus" is susceptible to algae growth, especially in high light and CO2 setups. Regularly check for algae growth on the leaves and remove it promptly to prevent it from affecting the plant's health and appearance. Maintaining optimal water parameters, CO2 levels, and nutrient levels can also help to prevent algae growth.

With proper care, Pogostemon stellatus "Octopus" can thrive and add a unique and visually stunning element to your aquarium. Pay attention to lighting, nutrient supplementation, and CO2 levels to ensure healthy growth and maintain its distinctive branching growth pattern.

Pogostemon stellatus (Octopus) - Rooted

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  • WHAT IS even BETTER?

    This is a well rooted plant, grown in soil for stronger roots and better health, THE ONLY option that might be better is the SUBMERGED version – as these plants are already grown in water for you!

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