BUCEPHALANDRA HELENA DARK - Bucephalandra sp. 'Helena Dark'
Quality Control Policy - Indoor Grown, Free from Outdoor Pests & Frequent Plants Health & Algae Check
Fast Delivery - 95% delivered within 1-3 days after posted
Submersed Grown Quality Policy -95% of our plants are patiently submersed grown in our aquarium to help you avoid plant transition melting issues that affect many tissue culture & emersed grown plants when planted underwater in an aquarium
Information written by Aquarzon based on actual growing experience, observations and research. Please do not copy any information or photos)
Portion Size : Around 4 Leaves
Portion Type: Unattached or Attached to Rock depending on option selected
Growth Speed : Slow-Very Slow
Difficulty Level : Easy
Temperature : 10-30°C
PH Range : 5.5-7.8
Min. Light Needs: Low
Origin : Borneo, Asia
Bucephalandra Helena Dark is a bigger smooth leaf species of Buce which can grow very beautiful, dark leaves. When these dark leaves are grown, it has a reflective tone which is very attractive. To encourage the growth of darker leaves, higher intensity lighting is preferable. Under lower intensity lighting, it can still remain healthy but the leaves would not grow as dark.
This Buce can be used as a special feature plant in an aquascape.
We only have very limited availability of this species due to its slow to very slow growth rate. It grows around just one new leaf every 2 weeks on average for us. It can easily take 2 full months or even more just to grow 4 full leaves. When it is out of stock, it can take a few weeks to a few months before it is back in stock as stock availability of this species here depends on what we can successfully propagate.
All Aquarzon Bucephalandra rhizomes sold are 100% submersed aquarium grown and cared indoor. They are not emersed, tissue culture or pond grown. Emersed or tissue culture grown Bucep can suffer melting when placed in an aquarium, which can then rots and be susceptible to BBA and other algae. Pond grown Buce can contain unwanted outdoor parasites and disease that spreads in an aquarium. The stock we sell is also not harvested from the wild as it is non-legal and can cause to a species to be extinct. The stock we sell is the result of natural aquarium propagation and care which takes continuous effort and very long time as Buce has a very slow growth rate.
Majority of our Buce are aquarium submersed grown for around 1-2 years and are only sold once they meet our quality standards. The price reflects the effort and time in propagating and caring for these slow to very slow growing plants, some of which only grows 1 leaf in 2 weeks when grown submersed in an aquarium.
This Buce variety in particular has been submersed grown in our aquarium for approximately almost 2 years. Prior to that, our initial stock which we acquired from a local Australian hobbyist to propagate had also been aquarium submersed grown.
By purchasing from Aquarzon, you are assured of quality, natural aquarium submersed indoor grown Buce that do not suffer diseases or emerse-to-submerse melting issues. You are also assured that you are doing the right thing by supporting sustainable growth efforts and not supporting non-sustainable wild harvesting in Borneo that can lead to the extinction of this exact Buce species in the wild in Borneo, Asia