My BUCE Experience. Before I start – remember I do not say I am a specialist, I am a novice that is just giving feedback on my observations here. Although I am a shop owner I also love this hobby and over the past few months PLANTS became my new passion and it all started with BUCE I am always looking for new challenges in life and in my business. So when I was able to import BUCE earlier this year I JUMPED without even thinking twice and my inexperience showed, the 2nd time around I got a friend to import and I got back to what I do best – working in my lovely shop With that 1st shipment I did not know a lot about Buce itself. The biggest uncertainty was how I will receive them and how they would be bagged. The biggest worry of all was what the quality of the plants will be and how to split them correctly to do the pricing on the individual plants. Then I had to experiment with holding methods as the knowledge was scarce and those that knew did not want to share, BUT this was great as it gave me a new challenge to master AND it allowed Pet Stop SA to market a new plant to our clients. So what did I learn? Those pictures on the internet are not photoshopped – It was astonishing to see the dramatic change these little beauties underwent from the emersed version to the submerged plants. A dull green turning into a dark lush black. A faded leaf turning into a stunning light grey and so many more options PLUS not every plantlet of the same variety (from the same bunch) turned out to be the same. NO WONDER NEARLY EVERYONE IS CONFUSED ABOUT IDENTIFYING THEM. BUCE need low light but not too low. 2 tubes over a 2 foot aquarium is just enough but 1 is definitely insufficient. BUCE leaf colours correlate with the intensity of lighting, colour lighting, maintenance schedule, CO2 and feeding / additives used. Brighter light tend to enhance colour in most new leafs while others fair better under lower lighting, but generally bit brighter is better. The spectrum of light does influence colour more than expected and you cannot say blue is better than red it all depends on the variety’s you have, so if your buce does not colour up perhaps you should change the spectrum. Although buce are being marketed as a low maintenance plant that grow on rocks is seem like plants planted in “Plant - aquarium soil” do fair better than those on rocks. GOOD Maintenance is as important to them as it is for all your other plants and fish, so don’t neglect. CO2 is associated with more high tech systems but I found that the addition of CO2 does enhance growth and seem to even have an effect on the colour of the new leafs (this does make sense as their preferred environment is out of water, where CO2 is not an obstacle) They do love additives BUT due to their slow growth this must be done with care as ALGAE can easily become a major issue. What is in the future? I assisted a friend to import BUCE and he intend to do it regularly in the future – see his Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/BUCEandAQUATICplants/ With the future secure regarding regularly availability stock, I am setting up a dedicated BUCE / rare plant aquarium to get much more hands on experience with these beauty’s BUT this time I am going to take pictures every step of the way. LOTS OF THEM Hope this can be the start of an everlasting relationship between the 2 of us (me & my buce) and that we in SA can start to contribute towards the international knowledge base like I know we can. JustMy2Cents What is yours?