Bucephalandra Melt: Stages of Growth Bucephalandra Melt: Stages of Growth

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Are you getting Bucephalandra melt?

Many species of Bucephalandra grow on long, thin rhizomes that can sometimes be mistaken as stems. Black Mist, Krivbass, Raven, and Kedagang are all examples of Buce with small leaves that grow vertically off of long rhizomes. If you ever get a piece with bare rhizome, leave it in your tank emersed or submerged and after several weeks, new growth can occur. Don't throw those rhizomes away!
Bucephalandra Melt
Stages of Black Mist growth:

Bucephalandra Melt
1. New shoots are just starting to develop along the rhizome. They look like tiny red spikes or roots:

 Bucephalandra Melt

2. The new shoots get a bit longer and split into reddish purple leaves:

 Bucephalandra Melt

3. As the new leaves grow taller and larger, they develop more of a green to dark green

 Bucephalandra Melt

4. Here is a fully grown patch of Black Mist:

 Bucephalandra Melt

 Bucephalandra Melt

Note: Dead rhizomes are black and brittle like the part shown on the left side.  Even though this side is pretty much dead, new growth can still appear like the healthy portion on the right. 

 Bucephalandra Melt

 Bucephalandra Melt

Remove all dead rhizomes, save the rest!

 

 

 

 Bucephalandra Melt

Are you getting Bucephalandra melt?

Many species of Bucephalandra grow on long, thin rhizomes that can sometimes be mistaken as stems. Black Mist, Krivbass, Raven, and Kedagang are all examples of Buce with small leaves that grow vertically off of long rhizomes. If you ever get a piece with bare rhizome, leave it in your tank emersed or submerged and after several weeks, new growth can occur. Don't throw those rhizomes away!
Bucephalandra Melt
Stages of Black Mist growth:

Bucephalandra Melt
1. New shoots are just starting to develop along the rhizome. They look like tiny red spikes or roots:

 Bucephalandra Melt

2. The new shoots get a bit longer and split into reddish purple leaves:

 Bucephalandra Melt

3. As the new leaves grow taller and larger, they develop more of a green to dark green

 Bucephalandra Melt

4. Here is a fully grown patch of Black Mist:

 Bucephalandra Melt

 Bucephalandra Melt

Note: Dead rhizomes are black and brittle like the part shown on the left side.  Even though this side is pretty much dead, new growth can still appear like the healthy portion on the right. 

 Bucephalandra Melt

 Bucephalandra Melt

Remove all dead rhizomes, save the rest!

 

 

 

 Bucephalandra Melt

1 comment

  • Posted on by MIke

    Thanks for the advice! Now time to save all my rhizomes. Awesome guys!

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