Water Sprite - Planted Tank Mates

Water Sprite

12” | Background | Easy

Co2: No | Light: Low

Column Feeder

Ceratopteris Thalictroides

Characteristics:

Max Size: 12″

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Column Feeder

Composition: Background

Parameters

Co2: None

Light Level: Low

Tank Mates

Great for nano community fish like tetras, rasboras, danios, mollies, endlers, otocinclus, corydoras, dwarf gouramis.  Popular for guppy and shrimp tanks as they provide shelter for baby shrimp and fry.  Avoid larger mid dwellers that may pick on its delicate leaves like cichlids and goldfish.

Notes

Water Sprite is a versatile plant that can be placed in the background or trimmed to keep low in the midground of your aquarium.   Also known as Indian Water Fern, it’s a column feeding plant that can be planted in the soil or left floating in the water.  It’s a fast growing plant under medium to high lighting but be cautious of algae growth on its leaves.

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Description

12” | Background | Easy

Co2: No | Light: Low

Column Feeder

20" | Background | Easy

Co2: No | Light: Low

Root Feeder

12” | Background | Easy

Co2: No | Light: Medium

Root Feeder

20”+| Background | Easy

Co2: None | Light: Low

Root Feeder

3” | Foreground | Easy

Co2: None | Light: Low

Root Feeder

12” | Background | Medium

Co2: Medium | Light: High

Root Feeder

Content

Ceratopteris Thalictroides

Characteristics:

Max Size: 12"

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Column Feeder

Composition: Background

Parameters

Co2: None

Light Level: Low

Tank Mates

Great for nano community fish like tetras, rasboras, danios, mollies, endlers, otocinclus, corydoras, dwarf gouramis.  Popular for guppy and shrimp tanks as they provide shelter for baby shrimp and fry.  Avoid larger mid dwellers that may pick on its delicate leaves like cichlids and goldfish.

Notes

Water Sprite is a versatile plant that can be placed in the background or trimmed to keep low in the midground of your aquarium.   Also known as Indian Water Fern, it's a column feeding plant that can be planted in the soil or left floating in the water.  It's a fast growing plant under medium to high lighting but be cautious of algae growth on its leaves.

Hygrophila difformis

Characteristics:

Max Size: 20"

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Root Feeder

Composition: Midground - Background

Parameters

Co2: No

Light Level: Low

Tank Mates

Pearl Weed is also compatible with most nano community fish, including tetras, rasboras, danios, endlers, gouramis.  They provide lots of shade and coverage for even bottom feeders like corydoras and rainbowfish.  They create great hiding spaces for baby fry and shrimp.

Notes

Water Wisteria is a fast growing, bushy plant.  When submerged underwater, it produces a feather-like leaf structure that's different in appearance than when it's emersed from water.  It's relatively undemanding and can thrive in low to moderate light levels, but can grow tall and fast with high lighting and CO2.  Provide a nutrient rich substrate and supplement with root tabs as necessary.  It's great at consuming nitrogen waste and can be used to help combat algae.

Bacopa monnieri

Characteristics:

Max Size: 12"

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Root Feeder

Composition: Midground / Background

Parameters

Co2: None

Light Level: Medium

Tank Mates

Most nano community fish including tetras, danios, barbs, rasboras, dwarf gouramis, swordtails, guppies, endlers, platties, shrimp and snails.

Notes

Moneywort makes a good midground to background plant.  Their thick stems need to be planted in aquatic soil or gravel fed with root feeding tabs.  They grow quick, so remove any decaying leaves, trim the stems and plant them right back in the soil.  This is an easy plant that can provide shelter for a lot of smaller fish, shrimp and fry.

 

Vallisneria

Characteristics:

Max Size: 20″+

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Root Feeder

Composition: Background

Parameters

Co2: Not Required, but grows faster with

Light Level: Medium

Tank Mates

Vallisneria is a popular backdrop for middle to top dwelling fish like tetras, gouramis and angelfish.

Notes

This is a very easy background plant.  It does not require CO2 and will thrive with good subtrate and water column.

https://plantedtankmates.com/aquarium-plants-for-beginners/

Cryptocoryne Parva

Characteristics:

Max Size: 3″

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Root Feeder

Composition: Foreground + Carpet

Parameters

Co2: Not Required, but grows faster with

Light Level: Low

Tank Mates

Great for community fish and creates a nice habitat for bottom dwellers.

Notes

Very slow growing plant.  They tend to melt when first introduced underwater.  New sprouts will grow over time.  Algae can grow on their leaves, so keeping them in partial shade is OK.  Supplement with root feeders to keep them healthy and thriving.

https://plantedtankmates.com/aquarium-plants-for-beginners/

Rotala Rotundifolia

Characteristics:

Max Size: 12″

Care Level: Medium

Nutrient Source: Root Feeder + Water Column

Composition: Background

Parameters

Co2: Medium

Light Level: High

Tank Mates

Great for community fish, shrimp and snails

Notes

Rotala Rotundifolia is actually an easy plant to grow, but getting the red colors involves more CO2, lighting and iron dosing.  Propagating is at easy as trimming the top and replanting in the soil.  A good substrate will help with red colors and growth.

Read more about how to maintain Red Aquarium Plants See the diagrams on how you can setup CO2 for your aquarium
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