This fast-growing stem plant displays very narrow, densely set spiky leaves that are green in colour with a lighter green central vein. Mayaca Fluviatilis makes an excellent midground contrast to red plants as a trimmed hedge or trailing street.
It is generally easy to grow, requiring moderate lighting and regular fertilisation, particularly of Iron. CO2 injection is recommended for the best growth but is not essential.
The iron requirement of M. fluviatilis makes it an indicator plant that can be relied upon to indicate if enough iron is present; if it's happy, all other species should be as well. Iron deficiency is indicated by shoots that are pale yellow or even white. Modest lighting is sufficient and CO2 supplementation is recommended.
Properly maintained, M. fluviatilis is beautiful to behold with its delicate light green spiky foliage. It possesses the rare trait of being equally at home in Dutch and Japanese aquascapes, where it has a place as both a neatly trimmed 'hedge' and as a sprawling midground accent. In any situation, it serves as an excellent foil to red plants. Branching abundantly and pearling heavily, it grows with vigor but not with overpowering strength, making it favorable to the maintainer of almost any 'scape'