Scientific name: Cabomba furcata
Usual maximum size in aquariums: 30 - 90 cm (11.81 - 35.43 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 4.1 - 7
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 0 - 12°N (0 - 214.29ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 22 - 30 °C (71.6 - 86°F)
Reproduction of the plant: Cuttings
Origin (in the wild): South America
How fast these plants grow: Fast
Recommended substrate: Gravel
Demands on lighting: Bright
Ideal placement in a fish tank: Background
Cabomba furcata is also known as Red Cabomba, Forked Fanwort.
South America but these Cabomba’s can be found as far as Cuba and Florida.
Bright, using lower lighting levels will dramatically reduce the growth rate - low amounts of lighting may also affect colouration of the plant.
Reproduction of this species in home aquariums is performed by taking cuttings, clear the bottom of the stem of any leaves and place into the substrate in groups. Always take great care not to crush the exposed stem when re-planting. The cuttings will usually root relatively quickly and as long as the lighting is bright, they should start growing very quickly.
This Cabomba displays red foliage that makes a striking contrast if mixed with green foliage plants. They are very delicate and the leaf stems can break off easily, this is one of the methods it uses in the wild for propagating itself to different areas of waterways. CO2 injection will definitely aid the growth rate but the bright lighting level is the most important factor.