Mayaca fluviatilis

Aquarium suitability: yes
Usage: Background, Midground, Nano tanks
Difficulty: medium
Growth: fast

  • Mayaca aubletii Michaux

Habit, plant type:

  • stem
Botanical name [?]: Mayáca fluviátilis Aubl.

Major group (unranked): Seed plants: Flowering plants (Angiosperms)
Order: Poales
Family: Mayacaceae
Genus: Mayaca


Mayaca fluviatilis, or stream bogmoss, is distributed in the subtropical and tropical areas of the Americas, from the southeast of the USA to Argentine. This finely-structured mosslike stem plant grows emersed as well as submersed and is frequently found on the banks of blackwater rivulets. M. fluviatilis is quite variable, there are various forms with slightly differing characteristics.

In the aquarium it prefers soft water with an acidic pH, however, it can be kept in harder water, too. It is a great indicator plant for iron - in the case of a deficiency, its shoot tips fade to a very pale green, which can easily be remedied by supplementing iron, though A well-balanced nutrient supply is very important for its cultivation. It also needs ample CO2 and good lighting.

Light medium to high 
Temperature tolerance 18 to 30 °C
Optimum temperature 23 to 25 °C
Carbonate hardness 0 to 6 °dKH
pH value 4.5 to 7 
Carbon dioxide (CO2) 25 to 40 mg/l
Nitrate (NO3-) 10 to 50 mg/l
Phosphate (PO43-) 0.1 to 3 mg/l
Potassium (K+) 5 to 30 mg/l
Iron (Fe) 0.01 to 0.5 mg/l

Growth: fast

Propagation: Cuttings

Can grow emersed?: yes

Suited for outdoor cultivation / ponds: unknown

Winter hardiness: not hardy in Germany

There is no detailled information for cultivating this plant yet.
Aquascaping: fine-leaved

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