Scientific name: Ceratopteris cornuta
Usual maximum size in aquariums: 20 - 50 cm (7.87 - 19.69 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 5.4 - 8
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 4 - 18°N (71.43 - 321.43ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 17 - 28 °C (62.6 - 82.4°F)
Reproduction of the plant: Rhizome
Origin (in the wild): South Asia
How fast these plants grow: Fast
Recommended substrate: Fine gravel
Demands on lighting: Bright
Ideal placement in a fish tank: Background
Ceratopteris cornuta is also known as Water Sprite, Indian Fern, Water Fern.
Asia, these Ceratopteris plants are widespread over most of Asia.
Fast if given the correct amounts of lighting.
Midground to background.
Bright lighting is required to get this plant to grow at a reasonable rate, too low a level of lighting will result in leggy plants.
This is a rhizome plant so propagation is quite easy, remove the mother plant from the aquarium and divide the rhizome into smaller pieces. These will then grow as individual plants when the pieces of rhizome are re-planted in the substrate. Always make sure that the rhizome is not completely submerged under the substrate or it will rot.
In the nature, this species is normally found in marshy areas however these plants are about to grow as well when they are completely submerged. In some countries the leaves are used in cooking and even eaten raw in salads.