Anacharis

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common name - anacharis, freshwater seaweed, elodea

proper name - egeria densa

origin - south america Mexico, North America, East Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Europe

category - Stem

care level - extremely easy

lighting needs - can grow with almost any light source, I have successively grown it in low, mild, high, and extremely high light with it doing well in all of the light sources

temperature - 28 - 82 from personal experience, it does much better in lower temperatures and should be in a max of 74 degress

position in aquascape - mid to backround as this is a fairly tall aquarium plant

PH - these are extremely invasive plant sin the wild being most adaptive to high PH's and low PH's so as long as you don't go below 5.5 or above 8.2 your anacharis should do fairly well, likes higher PH

hardness - it has been known to grow in a fairly large range from soft to hard water but so as you don't go above 23 you should be fine

propogation - it is propagated from small cuttings of the stems

needs added Co2 - no but will most certainly benefit from it

needs added fertilizers - no but will most certainly benefit from it, if you do decide to add extra ferts, make sure that you add liquid ones as root tabs will become useless as this plant is a water root feeders, as in it obtains most of its nutrients from the water roots that it sprouts out of the sides of the plant

bio - anacharis is a very popular aquarium plant that is readily found at most places that sell aquarium plants. this plant has small slender, green leaves that range in the hundreds on one stem, if planted correctly in a compact position it can almost look like a very attracting underwater bush. I recommend that you plant it this way as it looks magnificent, the fish love it, it helps protect fry, and it helps with establishing territory among the fish. this plant appears like underwater seaweed almost, it has a very pretty dark green color to its body. it also grows to enormous heights under the right conditions meaning tall tank, etc. anacharis it is almost like a huge ammonia, and nitrite mop. it will clean the tank water, but don't depend on this plant for water changes or perfect water conditions, it will help but not do everything for you.

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Elodea said:
There are a few things I believe should be added to this profile.

Firstly, I recommend water temperatures of about 72-74 degrees at most for anacharis, preferably lower. The reason for this is that anacharis is a coldwater plant, and in both my experience and that of others, its leaves are small, pale, and curled and the plant growth itself is straggly when placed in tropical tanks. This plant truly shines in well aerated coldwater tanks with a decent current, where it grows the large, lush leaves that can be seen in the picture provided.

Also correct me if I'm wrong, but it doesn't really seem that the plant's roots themselves work to facilitate the intake of nutrients, but serve as simply a role in anchorage, as the plant itself absorbs nutrients from the water column.

Third, it is recommended to cut this plant just above any new branches or buds, as the cut region will blacken, die, and cease to grow, so it is always optimal to have an actively growing tip at all times on any strand of the plant. Sometimes a bud will emerge from the side of a cut section, but having the tip seems to allow the plant to grow faster in general. Cutting should be at least 4 inches long, the longer, the better.

Fourth, being a bunch plant, in my experience its leaves will drop off in low lighting, and it requires medium to preferably high light to suit its rapidly-growing tendencies.

There have been reports that anacharis melts when exposed to higher dosages of Seachem Excel.

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fishy friend2 said:
Anacharis.

common name - anacharis, freshwater seaweed, elodea

proper name - egeria densa

Habitat -slow moving stagnant and deep waters

origin - south america
According Christel Kasselmanns book Aquarium Plants page 280 this plant is found not only in south America but also in Mexico, North America, East Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Europe.

category - Stem

care level - extremely easy

lighting needs - can grow with almost any light source, I have successively grown it in low, mild, high, and extremely high light with it doing well in all of the light sources

temperature - 28 - 82 from personal experience, it does much better in lower temperatures and should be in a max of 74 degress

position in aquascape - mid to backround as this is a fairly tall aquarium plant

PH - these are extremely invasive plant sin the wild being most adaptive to high PH's and low PH's so as long as you don't go below 5.5 or above 8.2 your anacharis should do fairly well

Kasselmans states in the same profile as above that it will adapt to soft acidic water but does really well at higher Ph. In example Japans waters in which it flourishes at 9.2. Especially in lime rich water.

hardness - it has been known to grow in a fairly large range from soft to hard water but so as you don't go above 23 you should be fine
23 what?

propogation - it is propagated from small cuttings of the stems

needs added Co2 - no but will most certainly benefit from it

needs added fertilizers - no but will most certainly benefit from it, if you do decide to add extra ferts, make sure that you add liquid ones ass root tabs will become useless as this plant is a root runner feeder, as in it obtains most of its nutrients from the runners that it sprouts out of the sides of the plant

Those little roots coming out of the side are water roots not runners.

bio - anacharis is a very popular aquarium plant that is readily found at most places that sell aquarium plants. this plant has small slender, green leaves that range in the hundreds on one stem, if planted correctly in a compact position it can almost look like a very attracting underwater bush. I recommend that you plant it this way as it looks magnificent, the fish love it, it helps protect fry, and it helps with establishing territory among the fish. this plant appears like underwater seaweed almost, it has a very pretty dark green color to its body. it also grows to enormous heights under the right conditions meaning tall tank, etc. anacharis it is almost like a huge ammonia, and nitrite mop. it will clean the tank water, but don't depend on this plant for water changes or perfect water conditions, it will help but not do everything for you.

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