Myriophyllum mattogrossense is a wonderful addition to the aquarium hobby. It is unique in the genus Myriophyllum and will fill the niche for a spreading variety of stem plant. Myriophyllum mattogrossense is easy to grow and will tolerate a wide variety of conditions allowing almost everyone to be successful with this aquarium plant.
Myriophyllum mattogrossense is native to South America and more specifically to Ecuador and Peru according to Kasselman. She collected it in fast moving shallow water and also observed it growing emersed on the riverbank.
Myriophyllum mattogrossense is a relatively easy plant to grow. Fast growing; moderate lighting is its main necessity. There is no need for having a CO2 system although using one will allow it to grow even faster. Sold as a bunch plant in the United States, all that is necessary for the consumer is to separate the stems from the bunch and plant in the desired location of the tank. Pruning is necessary to keep it under control and the tops of the plant can be replanted to grow again. Don’t forget to fertilize to keep it looking in top shape along with the other plants in your tank.
Myriophyllum mattogrossense exhibits a light green color under normal aquarium conditions. Like many plants this color changes from light green under moderate light to a bronze color under higher light intensity. Under high light intensity the stems will lie down and root along the bottom to spread out and form a colony. This is not completely unique as many aquatic plants do this under high light intensity however Myriophyllum mattogrossense is more likely than the other species in this genus that we produce to do this. Myriophyllum mattogrossense also has the added benefit of adding a unique texture to the aquarium, different from other plants in its genus.
Family Name: Halogoraceae
Native To: Central and South America
Lighting: Moderate to high
Requirements: Undemanding, as long as reasonable light levels are maintained
Growth Form: Stem
Growth Rate: Fast
True Aquatic: Yes
Placement in Tank: Background
Available As: Bunch