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Kyle Morrissey - 2013-04-17
is there any special features of this plant that could help fresh water or tropical fish

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-04-17
    It is a bog plant, so does have special considerations in the aquarium. Of course, many fish do well with a planted environment. Plants create places to hide and retreat, and this plant would do the same. But because it is a bog plant, part of it needs to be out of the water. If you are putting together a vivarium, it can be a super addition. This is an aquarium that has an area for fish, but also has an outside area for semi-aquatic life, like frogs and other amphibians. I've seen, and created:) some wonderful vivariums and I would consider it a prime candidate for that type of environment. I also think it could be used effectively in an aquarium for Rainbowfish, Archers, Labyrinth fish like the Betta and Paradise Fish that look for insect prey above the water surface. It would be a very natural addition for these. My two cents worth:) But I'd love to hear other people's ideas on its aquarium uses too!
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Barbara - 2006-02-14
this is a high light plant. i have found that 14 hours of strong aquarium light are necessary for the plant to produce healthy growth. ideally, you want this plant to grow long, slender, rose to red colored leaves at the top. if the light requirements are not met, you will end up with scraggly grey green growth, and ultimately death of the plant. This is also a good plant for discus tanks, because it can quickly grow to the surface, giving discus a sense of security. when the stems begin to curl to stay underwater, cut off about 1/3-1/2 of the top part of the plant and replant. If there are any new shoots at the bottom of the old stem, allow them to grow out to make more plants.

this plant is a fairly heavy feeder, but can do just fine in plain washed gravel, and mine even tolerates an undergravel filter. I would put in some sort of nutrient supplement.

dont be scared off by the horror stories, just follow the heavy light heavy feed rule, and you should be sucessful.

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  • sep - 2010-11-17
    I disagree with Barbara's comment, I have two T5HO bulbs over a 55 gallon tank and leave my lights on 8.5 hrs daily and these plants are doing well as a result. Of course I dose Seachem's Flourish line of ferts daily and I have an iron rich substrate as well. Leaving your lights on about 14 hrs a day will do you no good and will lead to bad algae outbreaks.
  • Abelard A - 2011-06-27
    I understand that it needs good light and fertilization, but my worries are that some of my fishes need only not too bright light. How can I make my fish tank both beneficial to my fish and this kind of plant?
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maria - 2012-10-17
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osru - 2006-05-11
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CarolO - 2012-07-22
I was given a section of Pennywort as a floating plant. It didn't die but didn't do great, either. I attached it to a piece of driftwood to try it under the water and now it's growing like crazy. It has tripled in the last month.

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Scruffy - 2006-06-20
This is a beautiful plant, really easy to grow. looks great in any tank; the fish love to swim in the leaves and hide behind them. neat to learn that it is actually a bog plant. This site is great, so much to read and learn all under one URL ...NICE JOB

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  • Anonymous - 2010-02-16
    Thanks Scruffy!
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HeyPK - 2010-05-31
Your picture for Ceratopteris thalictroides is definitely not correct. It looks like a picture of one of the members of the genus Hydrophila, which is stem plant and an angiosperm, not a fern at all.

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  • Editor's Note - 2010-06-07
    Thanks HeyPK, you are right this is definately not Ceratopteris thalictroides. We are taking the picture off until we get a good one. Send one if you've got one! Thanks again.
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Rick - 2013-02-01
I have some that I put in my 10-gal Hagan aquarium 1.5 months ago. Until 4 days ago, they were doing GREAT. They grew so quickly, I had to cut them and replant the cuttings. Now, they all appear to be dying. The only thing that happened is (1) I did a 50% water change (but used filtered water AND added water conditioner) and (2) I killed a bunch of snails that had come with the plants (these or others I got on the same shipment). When I killed the snails, I smashed them and then pulled out the bodies with a paper towel. However, 4-5 days later, I noticed 6-8 very small (.5mm thick, 5-8mm long) white worms on the back glass. It was 2 days after I noticed the worms that my Babomba Green started dying. Any ideas?

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  • Anonymous - 2013-02-06
    Snail killers usually contain copper which can also kill plants. Copper is also the main ingredient in many ich medications like 'quick cure' and so should be used sparingly in a planted aquarium. If it is copper in your snailicide medication, filter the water with carbon to remove it along with dechlorinated water changes. Good luck!
Slyfish - 2012-05-11
I have a couple of these cabombas in a ten gallon tank. I used to have some in a five gallon tank that died; I'm pretty sure it was from too little light. So in this 10-gal I put in a special grow light and they live well. I guess they have enough light, or is it something else? Anyway, my problem with these plants in the 10-gal tank is that they won't take root. They're healthy otherwise, but they have no roots so my 3 catfish uproot them when they poke around in the gravel for food. I've tried fertilizer and trimming the stem bottoms but nothing works. The stems just have this brown, kinda hard end to them, like flowers in a vase do after a while. I have nuetral to slightly acidic ph, and healthy levels of nitrate and alkalinity and stuff, from well water. It's not really a big problem, but I'm getting tired of replanting them every day. Anybody have help?

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  • Sourav - 2012-11-30
    yes they will the plants will grow well if you have a under grveal filter the roots will grow in all the sediment that is pulled under the filter tray if you put peat and clay in the water will cloud up as the fish dig in the grvealReferences :
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Calvin - 2008-11-22
Great plant, I originally bought one for my pond but I had to take that apart due to lack of planning.

Now it is in my aquarium and growing very quickly. I use 3 x 25 watts of lighting and I do have my aquarium covered.

I've had it like that for a month now with no problems, looks great.


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