Scientific name: Myriophyllum hippuroides
Usual maximum size in aquariums: 50 - 60 cm (19.69 - 23.62 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: 20 - 25 °C (68 - 77°F)
Reproduction of the plant: Cuttings
Origin (in the wild): Central America
How fast these plants grow: Normal
Recommended substrate: Fine gravel
Demands on lighting: Bright
Ideal placement in a fish tank: Background
In the aquarium this plant is propagated by taking cuttings. Once these are removed, the bottom leaves should be taken off to leave a length of bare stem and this can then be placed carefully into the substrate without crushing the stem. In its native parts it will propagate by its rhizome and plant fragments will disperse in the waterways, settling into new areas and attaching themselves to create new plants.
This plant grows long stems that often grow above the water line. It is sometimes confused with parrot’s feathers but the leaves have a different shape and it produces flower stems that will grow small delicate flowers. In the aquarium this is an ideal plant for fry tanks as it will provide cover for hiding fry.