Understanding Bucephalandra: A Guide for Aquarium Enthusiasts

  • Aug 12, 2021
  • By Duc Minh

**Understanding Bucephalandra: A Guide for Aquarium Enthusiasts**

*Bucephalandra Overview:*
Bucephalandra, often referred to as "buce," constitutes a genus of rheophyte plants flourishing along the swift streams of Borneo. During dry seasons, they grow above water, and during the rainy season, they thrive below water. Exhibiting diverse leaf shapes and colors, from light to dark greens with red, purple, or bluish tints, buce plants are recognized for their unique aesthetics and occasional flowering.

*Varieties of Buce:*
With over 30 identified species and numerous common names like Green Wavy, Brownie Blue, and Mini Coin, the variety within the bucephalandra genus is vast. To support sustainability, we exclusively offer farm-raised bucephalandra on our platform.

Here is an example of a rare Buce Brownie Ghost 11

*Factors Influencing Cost:*
Bucephalandra's relative newness in the aquarium hobby, coupled with its slow growth compared to other species, contributes to its higher demand and cost. As plant farms increase their stock, it is anticipated that prices will gradually decrease over time.

*Size and Growth Characteristics:*
Bucephalandra species vary in size, with creeping varieties staying around 2–4 inches tall and upright ones reaching 7–10 inches. Leaf sizes range from 0.5–4 inches long. Popular in aquascaping, buce is often used in the foreground or attached to hardscape.

*Cultivation and Care:*
Considered easy to care for, bucephalandra can thrive in low lighting, without extensive fertilizer or CO2 injection. They can grow without substrate, although slow growth and potential algae issues are considerations. Shaded aquarium areas and algae eaters can help maintain their health.

*Planting Bucephalandra:*
Similar to anubias and java fern, bucephalandra possesses a rhizome, allowing easy attachment to decor using sewing thread or super glue gel. When planting in substrate, ensuring the rhizome remains exposed is crucial. Alternatively, leaving bucephalandra in its plastic basket with rock wool is an option, with root tabs inserted for feeding.

*Understanding Melting and Adaptation:*
When transitioning from emersed to submerged growth, bucephalandra leaves may melt, but this is a natural adjustment. Nutrients primarily reside in the rhizome, so it's essential not to discard it. A healthy rhizome will initiate new shoots, fostering leaf and root growth.

*Caring for Bucephalandra:*
Bucephalandra shares care requirements with anubias and java fern, thriving in temperatures from 70–82°F and pH from 6–8. It can handle low to medium lighting, while CO2 supplementation accelerates growth. With robust roots adapted to fast-moving rivers, buce thrives in high-flow tanks.

*Fertilization and Growth Enhancement:*
Similar to other rhizome plants, bucephalandra benefits from nutrients in the water column and can thrive with an all-in-one liquid fertilizer like Easy Green. While not essential, CO2 supplementation can expedite growth.

*Propagating Bucephalandra:*
In the wild, bucephalandra reproduces through flowers that attract pollinators, resulting in seeds spreading in water. In aquariums, propagation involves cutting the rhizome and attaching it to decor. Natural bends in the rhizome, indicating separate clumps, are ideal for this process.

*Exploring Unique Features:*
Bucephalandra's adaptability extends to emersed growth, making it suitable for paludariums or terrariums. When grown alongside moss, it thrives in a moist environment. The elegance and allure of bucephalandra make it a sought-after gem for both novice and seasoned aquascapers.

For those new to bucephalandra, investing in this exquisite plant for your aquarium is a rewarding choice. Its captivating beauty, coupled with our commitment to sustainability, ensures a delightful addition to any planted tank. Explore our buce plant selection and bring this rare jewel into your aquatic haven today.


*** NOTE: ***

- All Bucephalandra from Duckaroo is 100% grown in Australia.

Please be aware that attempting to import Bucephalandra into Australia is illegal. Please refer to the below website for more information.

BICON - Australian Biosecurity Import Conditions