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My cabomba grew great and then the tips of the plants started to turn white. They got soft the leaves started to fall off and then the stem. did a half water change... (more)  David Diehl

   Cabomba is a very common and beautiful aquarium plant that is great for beginner aquariums!

Cabomba will root if the shoots are buried in the gravel. The stems will grow up to 50 cm (20 in) and so in an aquarium they will need to be trimmed periodically. They are also easily propagated by simply planting cuttings from the present plants. Cabomba will do great in almost any aquarium environment, including harder water and minimal light. However, the brighter the light the better it will grow.

For more Information on keeping a planted aquarium see:
About Planted Aquariums, Adding Aquatic Plants For a Healthy Aquarium


   Cabomba can be found in Central and South America.

Water conditions:

   Temperature: 72-82° F (22-28° C)
   pH: 6.5 - 7.5
   dCH: 2-12°


   Light level: Moderate to bright


   Cuttings and side shoots.


   Cabomba is readily available.

Author: Jasmine Brough
Lastest Animal Stories on Cabomba

David Diehl - 2016-07-09
My cabomba grew great and then the tips of the plants started to turn white. They got soft the leaves started to fall off and then the stem. did a half water change and no change.

Rito Aru - 2015-05-08
My only problem with this plant is that the leaves easily breaks off plus the leaves stucks in my filtration system but no problem with the fishes

Ankit Roy - 2015-04-24
I have about 5 scores of cabomba green, they are growing alright towards the light but something seems to uproot them I have scarlet badis, neon tetras, glo danios, a ghost cat and a Bolivian dwarf ram cichlid.. Can anybody give me a solution as in is it due to the fish or anything else, I add CO2 liquid ferts, and have a gravel 2 mm as top layer with ADA aquasoil.. and a have good water flow.. all other plants hair grass crypocoreynes lilies anubias nachos wisteria doing fine

  • jordan - 2015-04-25
    chances are its your cichlid. they love to uproot plants.most people will tell you it almost impossible to keep plants planted with cichlids of any type. ive had my share of this problem. they're the jerks of the fish world lol.
  • অঙ্কিত রায় - 2015-04-27
    thank u, but few of my friends had success keeping dwarf rams in their low tech planted, but ya u r right they didnt have any cabombas, am trying now without the ram.. Lets See.. Open to more suggesstions

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?

  • 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!