Scientific name: Cabomba caroliniana
Usual maximum size in aquariums: 50 - 100 cm (19.69 - 39.37 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 6.5 - 7.2
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 4 - 12°N (71.43 - 214.29ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 22 - 26 °C (71.6 - 78.8°F)
Reproduction of the plant: Cuttings
Origin (in the wild): Central America
How fast these plants grow: Fast
Recommended substrate: Rocky
Demands on lighting: Bright
Ideal placement in a fish tank: Background
Fanwort, Green Cabomba, Carolina Fanwort, Fish Grass
South and Central America; there are now some areas of North America that have this plant as an invasive species.
Bright, using lower lighting levels will dramatically reduce the growth rate.
Propagation of Cabomba caroliniana is performed by taking cuttings, clear the bottom of the stem of any leafs and place them into the substrate in groups. When re-planting always take care not to crush the exposed stem. The cuttings should root quite quickly and as long as the lighting is bright, they should start to grow very quickly too.
Medium requirements and difficulty.
The Cabomba caroliniana species is very delicate and the leaf stems can break away quite easily. In it’s own habitat the discarded stems will start of new colonies, and in some areas it is classed as an aquatic weed. These are often used to disguise heaters and other hardware in the aquarium; it is also one of the tastiest snacks for many fish. If kept in too low a light it will start to die off.