PLANT PROFILE: BOLBITIS HEUDELOTII DIFFORMIS
Family name: Dryopteridaceae
If you’re looking for a stable, slow-growing aquarium plant with minimal care, Bolbitis Heudelotii Difformis is the perfect pick. This Bolbitis is unique greenery that will fill the midground or background of your aquascape or fish tank with leafy vibes.
Bolbitis Heudelotii Difformis is also known as the African Water Fern. This bolbitis is an epiphyte found in tropical, shady water sources with strong currents. It is a stable and easy plant to maintain that won’t quickly overrun your tank which makes it loved by aquascaping novices and experts. They are comparable to Buce, Anubias, and Crypts.
Bolbitis Heudelotii Difformis has fern leaves that range from light to dark green and are intricately shaped. The leaves are long and flowy making them appear luscious and jungle-like.
Propagation of Bolbitis is super easy--just gently split the horizontal rhizome. This technique will help out aquascapers who want to spread this plant throughout their tank. We recommend waiting to propagate until it has at least 3 or 4 leaves on both sides. This plant grows from rhizomes that can be attached directly to your hardscape--such as driftwood or stone.
When given minimal light, this plant will grow slowly and show a deep green colour. With more light, the leaves will turn a lighter, sometimes transparent green and grow just a tad faster.
Although it’s slow growing, Bolbitis can grow to be up to 16-18 inches if cared for right--but this may take a while. It’s a slow growing fern that can be grown submerged or emersed.