AQUA ART Hygrophila polysperma 'Tiger'

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Hygrophila polysperma 'Tiger' is an eye-catching aquarium plant distinguished by its unique tiger-striped leaves in shades of green and reddish-brown. Fast-growing and easy to care for, it adds a dynamic and striking appearance to any aquascape.

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Hygrophila polysperma 'Tiger', commonly known as 'Tiger Hygro', is a striking and fast-growing aquatic plant known for its distinctive tiger-striped leaves. This plant is a variety of Hygrophila polysperma and is appreciated for its vibrant appearance and ease of care. It belongs to the Acanthaceae family and is ideal for beginner and experienced aquarists looking to add visual interest and greenery to their aquascapes.

Physical Characteristics:

  1. Leaf Structure: The leaves of Hygrophila polysperma 'Tiger' are narrow, elongated, and feature unique light green and dark green tiger-like stripes. The leaves are arranged oppositely along the stem and can turn a reddish hue under high light conditions.

  2. Growth Form: This plant exhibits a vertical growth habit with stems reaching up to 40-60 cm in height. It tends to grow rapidly and forms dense clusters, providing a lush and full appearance in the aquarium.

  3. Stem Structure: The stems are sturdy yet flexible, supporting the densely packed leaves. The plant’s rapid growth rate requires regular maintenance to prevent it from overtaking the tank.

Aquarium Requirements:

  1. Lighting: Hygrophila polysperma 'Tiger' thrives in moderate to high lighting conditions. Adequate lighting promotes vibrant colouration and healthy growth. Under lower light levels, the plant may grow taller and less compact.

  2. Substrate: This plant can grow in various substrates, including plain gravel, sand, and nutrient-rich aquasoil. While it can adapt to different substrates, nutrient-rich substrates enhance its growth and overall health.

  3. CO2 and Fertilization: While not absolutely necessary, CO2 supplementation and regular fertilisation can significantly improve the growth rate and vibrancy of Hygrophila polysperma 'Tiger'. A balanced supply of macro and micronutrients through liquid fertilisers will support robust growth.

  4. Water Parameters: Maintain water conditions within a pH range of 6.0 to 7.5 and a water hardness level of soft to moderately hard. The ideal temperature range is between 22 to 28°C.

Propagation: Hygrophila polysperma 'Tiger' is easily propagated through stem cuttings. Cut a healthy stem and replant it in the substrate. Each cutting should have several nodes to ensure successful rooting and growth. The cuttings will quickly develop roots and form new plants.

Maintenance: Due to its rapid growth, Hygrophila polysperma 'Tiger' requires regular pruning to control its height and shape. Regular trimming encourages bushier growth and prevents the plant from becoming too leggy. Removing any yellowing or damaged leaves helps maintain the plant’s health and appearance.

Aquascaping Use: Hygrophila polysperma 'Tiger' is a versatile plant suitable for various aquascaping styles. It can be used as a background or midground plant, providing height and texture to the aquarium. Its distinctive tiger-striped leaves add a unique visual element, making it a focal point in planted tanks. This plant pairs well with other green and red plants, creating a dynamic and colourful aquascape.

Challenges: Hygrophila polysperma 'Tiger' is hardy and easy to care for. Ensuring adequate light, nutrients, and regular trimming will help keep the plant healthy.

Hygrophila polysperma 'Tiger' is a beautiful and adaptable aquarium plant that enhances the visual appeal of freshwater aquariums with its unique tiger-striped leaves and vibrant growth. Its ease of care and rapid growth make it an excellent choice for aquarists of all experience levels. With proper lighting, substrate, and regular maintenance, Hygrophila polysperma 'Tiger' can thrive and contribute to a lush, dynamic aquascape.


How to plant

Plants with great success!

Tissue Cultures are very young plants cultivated and delivered directly from the laboratory. The plants are guaranteed to be free from snails, algae and pesticides and, therefore, are harmless for sensitive shrimp and fish.

Success with your aquarium depends largely on the proper plant choice. In a Tissue Culture cup, you are getting many plants that can be divided into small portions and cover a larger area. Plants are compact from the start, so you will experience dense and beautiful growth if you give them the right fertiliser and CO2!

  • Carefully take the plant out of the cup and rinse off the growing media.
  • To prevent mildew and algae, rinse with chlorine-free water.
  • Split the plant into 6-8 portions using your fingers or scissors (for small foreground plants).
  • Plant portions into the substrate using tweezers.
Then watch them grow!

Plant Info

Country or continent where a plant is the most common. Cultivars arise or are bred in cultivation.

Growth Rate
Growth rate of the plant compared to other aquatic plants.

Average height (cm) of the plant after two months in the tank.

Light Demand
The average or medium light demand of an aquarium plant is 0.5 W/L.

CO2 Demand
A medium need in CO2 is 6-14 mg/L. A high demand in CO2 is approx. 15-25 mg/L.