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Cabomba Piauhyensis Plant

Cabomba Piauhyensis is also known as the Cabomba Furcata or more commonly, the Red Camboba.

Cabomba Piauhyensis Plant

This is a very neat underwater plant that features orange or red leaves that resemble the needles of a pine tree. These needles are often 1 to 2 inches in length and are actually make up the flower of the Red Camboba plant.

The stem of this plant has a width of 2 to 3 inches and a length of up to 10 inches, with an additional 2 – 3 inches in length for the flower, meaning that this plant can reach almost a foot in height if the conditions are proper.

While this plant is very beautiful, it is actually not a prime choice for aquariums because it is very hard to grow. The main reason it is so hard to grow is because it required a very high level of light, that being more light than most aquariums can provide without killing everything else inside of it including fish and plants. If there is not enough light, at least 3 watts per gallon, then the plant becomes very fragile, the shoots begin to become thinner and weak, and eventually the whole plant will die.

This aquatic plant also requires a lot of attention in terms of nutrients. It needs a very rich substrate that is full of various nutrients and it will also require supplements to thrive as well. The most common supplemental need of this plant is nitrate as well as phosphate.

The Red Camboba also needs to be regularly fertilized with micronutrients in order to live up to its full potential. It also requires a fairly high amount of CO2 to be present in the water which means that regular CO2 injections are needed. Without any and all of these nutrients the Red Camboba is not likely to grow very big or very well, and if left for too long without any of these nutrients it will die.

If you do want some great plant suggestions for your aquarium then you might find these posts helpful: The 10 best Freshwater Aquarium Plants For Beginners and The 13 Best Low Light Aquarium Plants.

Something weird about this plant is that although it can be immersed underwater where it will grow, it cannot be propagated underwater. In order to make more of this plant the offshoots need to be cut off and planted in a fertile substrate that is not under water.

Once it begins to grow, whether on land or in the water, it will require regular pruning because it grows very quickly and will take up much of the aquarium in a short amount of time. As can be seen Cabomba Piauhyensis plant is very high maintenance and difficult to grow, making it a very rare choice for people to put in their fish tanks.