Anacharis (Egeria densa)

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About This Product

Egeria densa is a good plant for beginners, and its rapid growth helps create a balance in the aquarium from the start. It can also help prevent algae because it absorbs a great number of nutrients from the water. The plant secretes antibiotic substances which can help prevent blue-green algae (a type of bacteria). The growth rate depends largely on the amount of light and nutrition available. Growth does not stop in unfavourable conditions, but the plant turns light in colour and the tendrils grow thin.

Egeria densa is one of the most popular aquarium plants in the trade. Commonly sold under the trade name of Anacharis, Egeria densa can tolerate a wide range of conditions in the aquarium making it ideal for all levels of aquatic enthusiasts. Dark green colored leaves and stems give Egeria densa a very lush appearance. Egeria densa has been naturalized in rivers of many parts of the Southeast United States for some time and is typically wild collected for the trade from those areas. Being a tropical plant from South America Egeria Densa is not a threat to the Northern areas. Egeria densa is also used in the water garden trade as an oxygenating plant for ponds and water gardens. Anacharis provides shade and shelter for fish in water gardens and also allows them a place to lay their eggs and hide as juveniles.

Common Name: Egeria densa
Family: Hydocharitacea
Native To: North America
Lighting: Medium
pH: 6.5-7.5
Growth Demands: Easy
Growth Form: Stem
Growth Rate: Fast
True Aquatic: Yes
Placement In Tank: Background
Available As: Bunch

Customer Reviews

  • 5

    Posted by Unknown on Feb 23rd 2020

    Came healthy, grows vigorously in a mostly ignored tank in a dark room with cheap lights that only come on for a few hours per day, and fertilizer only when I change the water.

  • 5
    My Bettas Love This Plant

    Posted by Aquarium Tails on Dec 16th 2016

    I originally was going to plant these in the background of my new 15-gallon female betta tank, but they weren't looking too good (maybe I planted them too deep?). So I decided to make them a floating plant for the aquarium. I really wanted to add a floating plant but not something that would multiply like crazy. These are doing great as floating plants, and a couple of my female bettas love lounging in them! I am going to order some more to add!

  • 5
    I love Anacharis!

    Posted by Amy Lesniak on Nov 16th 2016

    My anacharis arrived healthy and has done very well in my tank. I have had stems before that had thicker, fuller leaves, but I've only ever seen them once; I'd say these leaves are thicker than the average anacharis at my LFS. I've already pruned and replanted stems twice in the three weeks I've had them and offspring are doing great. I look forward to getting a few more.

  • 5

    Posted by MT on Jul 22nd 2016

    Came in great condition. I bought 1 quantity and got 7, 8 inch stems.

  • 5
    Great plant

    Posted by Sam Burbank on Apr 24th 2016

    I love this plant. I am hoping I have a good enough substrate for proper root production. These plants come as shoots and anchors would be the best, although they seem to be holding fine. They shipment comes about six shoots to an order, so I will wait to see if I have enough for the tank to what I want. This is a great focal plant.

  • 5

    Posted by Ariana Horn on Mar 24th 2016

    Came in very dark green and healthy looking, and had no problem sticking straight into substrate. The Orandas love swimming through it. I ordered two bunches, and got quite a bit more than expected. Would definitely buy again.

  • 5
    Very Happy

    Posted by Michael Webb on Dec 28th 2015

    Received 5 stems of about 7 inches in length. Plants were well packaged. Used plant anchors with 3 and 2 stems per anchor. Plants are doing well even under non optimum lighting conditions.

  • 5
    Turtle Approved

    Posted by M.W. on Jun 28th 2015

    I've bought several orders of 4 plants thus far. Have always received the correct number of healthy looking dark green foliage. If you need to see dying plants for comparison, visit your local pet mega-chain superstore. Also my turtle has laid waste to them like Godzilla in Tokyo on a slow business day. Satisfied customer!

  • 5

    Posted by Unknown on Dec 30th 2014

    These came in a nice healthy bunch with dark green foliage. The best part of this plant is how rapidly it grows, Ive had it about a month and it has grown about 6 inches so far with new branches sprouting. Two day shipping.

  • 4
    These are Amazing!

    Posted by Joe Dugan on Sep 19th 2014

    I was extremely displeased with all the other plants I received with my large order except these. I can honestly say that these are tremendous hardy plants. The fish will eat them slowly and they will look bald, but they grow as long as the aponogetons and at a muchhh faster rate with more leaves per plant. If you're placing an order for background plants you will only need these. But I will say...these came with snails.

  • 5

    Posted by Michael on Jun 10th 2014

    I recieved some bunches of this the other day. Super healthy and nice size cuts. I really wish I would have ordered more!!! Great quality. Thank you.

  • 5
    Great Plant for Beginners

    Posted by Benjamin Underwood on Mar 11th 2013

    I don't think that it is possible to kill this plant. I bought this plant in 2011 with 3 other plants and I've managed to kill all but two of them. The Anacharis browned slightly at one point but it continued to grow. I even turned the light off on my aquarium and stopped fertilizing the plants for a month or two. It even grows well in tanks without CO2 injection. This is a great background plant. But, a word of caution, this plant will need to be pruned on a more than regular basis with CO2 injection and high intensity lighting or it will kill off your other plants.