Family : Acanthaceae
Scientific Name : Staurogyne repens.
Staurogyne repens is a small stem plant from South America renowned for its low bushy stature, fresh and vibrant green leaves, slow but steady growth, hardiness, and good carpeting ability. This species is ideal as a beginner foreground or ground-cover plant, it is quite tolerant of a wide range of water conditions, and can go several weeks without needing a single trim.Substrate : Staurogyne repens is primarily a rooted feeder. That means that it derives the majority of its nutrition directly from the substrate. this could be a mixture of small-sized gravel and aquarium soil or solely aquarium soil.
CO2 and fertilization: This species can thrive without CO2, therefore it can be planted in low-tech tanks. However, the addition of CO2 and liquid fertilizers is quite beneficial as it makes ample nutrients readily accessible for the plants, thus preventing nutrient deficiency and poor health, and accelerating growth and overall development.
Lighting : Staurogyne repens needs bright illumination to thrive in the aquarium, thus medium – high lighting should be supplied (30 – 50 PAR). Under low lighting, the plant starts growing upwards as if it is trying to reach the surface for better light.
Temperature: The ideal temperature range for growing Staurogyne repens is 20 – 30 °C (68 – 86 °F)
pH: Even though Staurogyne repens can tolerate a huge range of pH (from 5.0 to 8.0). Optimal pH values is 6.0 – 7.0.
Hardness: The plant appreciates soft to moderately hard water with ideal values between 1 – 10 dGH.
Difficulty: Easy to medium
Lighting : Medium to high