BucephalandraBucephalandra (or ‘Buce’) is probably the most trendy aquarium plant right now. It’s a relatively new species to the aquarium hobby being commonly available for around 5 years in Europe at the time of writing. It originates from the jungles in Borneo where deforestation is commonplace due to palm oil production. For this reason we strongly recommend only purchasing Bucephalandra that has been sustainably produced in European nurseries such as Tropica Aquarium Plants and
Aquaflora. Buce is very similar to Anubias in terms of its growth rates, demands and its epiphytic nature. It does well being shaded but given high lighting some species will change colour considerable with some stunning varieties available. It tends to be even slower growing than Anubias so a degree of patience is required in order to see this beautiful plant mature into its full potential. Algae growth on the leaves is common so invest in an algae crew, such as nerite snails and Amano shrimp. In larger aquarium Siamese flying foxes are an ideal choice. There are dozens of varieties available but only around 5 produced in Europe. Favourites include B. “Red”, B.“Lamandau Mini Red” and B. “Wavy Green”.