Onion Plant

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Crinum thaianum - (J. Schulze, 1971)
Onion Plant

The Onion Plant is a great friend of cichlid keepers because the fish cant do much damage to it. Florida Aquatic Nursery

[edit] Overview

This is an interesting-looking plant that doesn't ask much to look good and grow well. The long, ribbon-like leaves sprout from a bulb that resembles an onion, though this plant is not edible. It is a real gem in tanks that have tough fishes, doing especially well with herbivores or rowdy fishes that would destroy more delicate plants. It looks very nice and is unmolested in Malawi cichlid tanks.

Family: Amaryllidaceae

Other common name(s):

Native range:

Habitat: The Onion Plant is found in dappled sun-lit streams with moving water and a substrate of sand, gravel and mud.

Maximum height: 150 cm (59 in)

Lighting: Moderate to bright

Placement: Sides and back.

Water: Freshwater 22 °C (295 K, 72 °F) - 27 °C (300 K, 81 °F)

[edit] Feeding

Use a nutrient-rich substrate

[edit] Breeding/Propagation

Sexually and by bulbets that sprout from the main bulb.

[edit] Notes

Use a deep substrate to accommodate the large root structure and to allow the bulb to be planted halfway into the substrate. Keep the water moving and the leaves will soon reach the surface of the water and start to curl around. Use this plant at the back and sides of the tank where it will fill in bare spots quickly. There is a form of Onion Plant found occasionally that has curly leaves.

Reference: 101 Best Aquarium Plants
Text credit: MES
Facts about Onion PlantRDF feed
Common name Onion Plant  +
Family Amaryllidaceae  +
Genus Crinum  +
Lighting Moderate to bright  +
Maximum height 59 in  +
Native range Thailand  +
Placement Sides and back.  +
Reference 101 Best Aquarium Plants  +
Specific name thaianum  +
Text credit MES  +
Water max temp 300 K (27 °C, 81 °F)  +
Water min temp 295 K (22 °C, 72 °F)  +
Water type Freshwater  +