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
    Affordable and bountiful.

    Posted by Maegen Benton on Nov 9th 2012

    The plants I recieved got left outside for over 10 hours in the cold weather and found them the next morning, had to wait till after work to do anything with them and they still look great! I think I have underestimated how many plants I would get in a bunch and ordered too many. They look really healthy and hardly any broken leaves. I am going to have to get some more lead weights because I have so many plants now. I hope these will clear up my tank and make it look beautiful. Fake plants are out! My huge oscar, Miley, is loving them already. She is hanging out under them as they float in the tank unplanted.

  • 5
    What I expected

    Posted by Huw Powell on Feb 4th 2011

    I bought two "bunches", each was a nice fat group of 6" long plants. All are growing. This plant is one you trim the tops off and replant and then rip out the old bits, IIRC. Plants have grown 4" in two weeks. I used to work at a pet store in the 80s that got the only good plants around. The plants I bought here remind me of that quality.