Water Sprite Pot (Ceratopteris thalictroides)

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About This Product

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

Customer Reviews

  • 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.

  • 5
    Never seen growth like this

    Posted by Steven Nilsen on Jan 2nd 2012

    Without CO2 injection, this plant grows like a weed. Substrate could be anything. Grows up at least 18" and spread out on surface. Large branches quickly become new plants as they are bunched out. Very aggressive. Baby plants even grow well in a low light tank... My betta really likes swimming in it, but otherwise the fish just tend to swim around it.

  • 5
    Beautiful, healthy

    Posted by Arlen on Jun 22nd 2011

    A really nice-looking plant. Very vigorous and healthy. I appreciated the careful packaging. Thanks!!