Water Sprite Pot (Ceratopteris thalictroides)

(11 reviews)
0.20 LBS
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This plant normally grows fast, but the addition of CO2 may be necessary to promote growth. In small, open aquariums, it can grow out of the aquarium and form beautiful surface leaves. The finely branched leaves are very decorative and provide good contrast to other leaf shapes. In good light, Ceratopteris thalictroides grows fast and helps prevent algae by consuming large amounts of nutrients. This makes it a good starter plant in small aquariums. I personally recommend this beautiful plant for initial setups. It is fast growing and so helps to out compete algae. It is the first plant I started with as a child. Undemanding and easy to grow.

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  • Common Name: Water Sprite
  • Family Name: Pteridaceae
  • Native To: Asia
  • Lighting: Low-High
  • pH: 5-9
  • Growth Demands: Easy
  • Growth Form: Rosette
  • Growth Rate: Fast
  • True Aquatic: Yes
  • Placement In Tank: Mid-Background
  • Available As: Pot
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  • 5

    Posted by David Montieth on Jul 11th 2022

    Water Sprite has always been a favorite of mine since childhood. There was a period when I couldn't get it. This plant was perfect! It's about 16 inches high and still growing! Best specimen I've ever seen!

  • 5
    Beautiful plant

    Posted by Kelly on Sep 25th 2021

    Beautiful, healthy plants that are growing like crazy. I love the look of it in my Betta tank and he loves playing in it all. Removal from the pots was easy and they took to the substrate straight away.

  • 5
    Great plants

    Posted by Julianne Eaker on Jan 16th 2021

    These are growing like crazy. I love these plants. I have them in all of my 10 aquariums.

  • 5
    Watersprite potted plant

    Posted by Gene Reddick on Oct 17th 2020

    Shipping was fast ,packaged professionally ,after acclimation period plant is growing very healthy would purchase again

  • 5
    Water sprite

    Posted by Eduardo Reyes on Jul 24th 2020

    With the ice pack they arrived fast and in excellent conditions. The color , density, health. Excellent examples of the plant.

  • 5
    Water sprite

    Posted by Betty J George on May 10th 2020

    There were two healthy plants in this pot. It's doing very well. All of the plants were so healthy and are doing well!

  • 5
    Amazing growth

    Posted by Sam Burbank on May 8th 2016

    Fast and easy. Loves the high light, slow water side of the tank but growing fast everywhere I placed it. New shoots will be placed in a separate tank for future plantings. I love this stuff!

  • 5
    An Invaluable Aquatic Plant!

    Posted by Eric R. Wilson on Jan 2nd 2016

    I have included water sprite in my aquaria for almost 50 years. It is nature's water condition barometer. It's a vigorous grower - but only if your water quality is first rate. It also grows in varied forms. Planted, it's more wiry. Floating, it takes on a more broadleaf form. It serves as a formidable nursery, for livebearer fry, dropped in a community tank. Its fibrous roots house microorganisms that nourish the growing fry, and provide effective protection from predation.

  • 5
    Great Plant

    Posted by amanda graner on Oct 16th 2015

    Beautiful, easy to grow, healthy plant. Some fish like to eat it, but it doesn't seem to bother the plant, just keeps growing.