Scientific name: Myriophyllum spicatum
Usual maximum size in aquariums: 20 - 70 cm (7.87 - 27.56 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 6.3 - 7.7
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 5 - 23°N (89.29 - 410.71ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 20 - 27 °C (68 - 80.6°F)
Reproduction of the plant: Lateral shoots
Origin (in the wild): Europe
How fast these plants grow: Normal
Recommended substrate: Fine gravel
Demands on lighting: Medium
Ideal placement in a fish tank: Background
Spiked Water Milfoil
This plant propagates by lateral shoots that appear on the mother plant. These can easily be removed and re-planted elsewhere in the substrate. Always take care not to crush the stem when re-planting as this will cause rot and the cutting will die off.
This plant is often considered as a pest as it can become invasive and overtake waterways destroying the natural flora for that area. Like its close relatives it can also propagate by fragments breaking away and re-attaching in different areas of the waterway, this is why it can cause problems. In the aquarium it makes a great back filler but it will need pruning back on a regular basis. Always dispose of any unwanted cuttings carefully by placing them in a bag and putting them into the refuse bins.Also known as Eurasian watermilfoil. It’s suitable for ponds as well.Picture provided by Oliver.