Hornwort care sheet

James95

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Common name: hornwort

Scientific name: ceratophyllum demersum (The Complete Idiot's guide to Freshwater Aquariums by Mike Wickham, Alpha books 1998)

Origin: native to North America

Planting zone: floating plant, doesn't grow roots.

Fertilizers: not necessary

Growth rate: very fast

Size: several feet long

Propagation: trimmings

Lighting:low to moderate

Sold as: bunch plant

Hornwort is a very popular plant in the aquarium trade. It has very fine, soft needle-like leaves bound close together in a circular pattern. Hornwort is very inexpensive, grows quickly, and is rather undemanding. It's an extremely versatile aquarium plant. Many people use it as a spawning mop for killifish and as a hiding place for livebearer fry.

Although it's a great beginner's plant, hornwort does have a couple of downfalls. When introduced to a tank containing aquarium salt, hornwort will shed all its needles and make a huge mess in your aquarium.

Overall hornwort is a great, fasting growing, versatile, and undemanding aquarium plant that's perfectly suited to the beginner aquarist.
 

fishy friend2

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Hornwort in high light, nutrient rich conditions

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your welcome! and thanks for sharing your knowledge on this species of plant. its my favorite because it grows fast, its bushy appearance, price, availability, growth rate, helps with territorial species, and its helping with fry saving
 

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