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Hemigraphis colorata 'Broad Leaf

Hemigraphis colorata 'Broad Leaf

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Care Sheet for Hemigraphis colorata 'Broad Leaf' in Aquariums

Species Name: Hemigraphis colorata 'Broad Leaf'

Common Name: None specifically, but it is commonly known as "Broad Leaf Purple Waffle Plant" in the aquarium hobby.

Water Parameters:

  • Temperature: 20-28°C (68-82°F)
  • pH: 6.0-7.5
  • Water Hardness: Soft to moderately hard water is suitable.


  • Moderate to high lighting is recommended.
  • Provide 8-10 hours of light per day using a full-spectrum aquarium light.
  • The plant may exhibit more vibrant colors under higher light intensity.


  • Use a nutrient-rich substrate to promote healthy growth.
  • A fine-grained substrate is suitable for optimal root development.


  • Plant Hemigraphis colorata 'Broad Leaf' in the mid to background of the aquarium.
  • Space individual plants to allow for proper growth and expansion.
  • Secure the plant in the substrate using weights or anchors if needed.


  • Regularly dose a liquid fertilizer with essential macro and micronutrients.
  • Consider using root tabs to supplement nutrients directly to the substrate.

CO2 Injection:

  • While not mandatory, supplementing with CO2 can enhance growth.
  • If CO2 is used, monitor levels to prevent stress on the plant.

Pruning and Maintenance:

  • Trim the plant regularly to maintain a bushy and compact appearance.
  • Remove any yellow or damaged leaves to encourage new growth.


  • Hemigraphis colorata 'Broad Leaf' can be propagated through stem cuttings.
  • Cut a healthy stem and replant it in the substrate, ensuring good contact with the soil.


  • Generally compatible with a variety of freshwater fish and invertebrates.
  • Avoid keeping it with herbivorous or plant-damaging species.


  • Watch for signs of nutrient deficiencies or algae growth.
  • Ensure stable water parameters to prevent stress on the plant.


  • Hemigraphis colorata 'Broad Leaf' is appreciated for its distinctive broad leaves and purple coloration.
  • Regular observation and maintenance are essential for a successful aquarium with this plant.

By following these guidelines, you can create an ideal environment for Hemigraphis colorata 'Broad Leaf' to thrive in your aquarium

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