Water Sprite takes over the world!

17 Oct

A few months ago I found a thumbnail-sized plant floating in one of my aquariums. I still don’t know where it came from, I hadn’t bought any plants for a long time.

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It was a little Water Sprite plant. I hoped it would grow, expecting it to get maybe 3 or 4 inches across.

It grew…

CAM01438…and grew…

CAM01419…and grew.

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Eventually, it started reaching out of the aquarium. It’s leaves take a different fern-like form when they are above water.

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This thing is crawling out to get me! Help!!!!

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The main plant covers half of a 55 gallon tank. It’s 24 inches across!!

Also, the plant forms baby plants along the big stems and I have many Water Sprite plants now and have given some away.

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The Water Sprite can float or be be planted in the gravel. It’s leaves are soft and the snails will eat some of it. I crush the snails and that makes my Angelfish and Swordtails very happy.

CAM01596If you look up Water Sprite on the Internet you will mainly see reference to a fine-leaved variety of plant called Ceratopteris thalictroides. I believe my plant, I mean PLANTS, are Ceratopteris cornuta, which is the broad-leafed Water Sprite, even though it sounds like a dinosaur.  I think both varieties of Water Sprite take the same care: Water, light, fish poop.

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6 Responses to “Water Sprite takes over the world!”

  1. natureintheburbs October 17, 2013 at 5:07 pm #

    So instead of a green thumb, you must have a wet thumb!

    • fishtanx2011 October 18, 2013 at 7:34 am #

      It’s been fun to have such good luck with the plants. I think they are a major key to keeping fish. Now I think I would find it difficult to keep a tank looking nice without them. I would need stronger filters and I would be scraping the glass all of the time because if there aren’t plants there will be more algae.

  2. becomingcliche October 18, 2013 at 7:47 am #

    We’ve got java fern that has to be thinned every few months. I love having a heavily planted aquarium!

    • fishtanx2011 October 18, 2013 at 7:59 am #

      The first time I tried Java fern it slowly died and I was puzzled. I heard that it grew like a weed. I got some more a few months ago and it ‘s doping pretty good. I should take some pieces out and start them in my other tanks. I have read that it like to attach itself to wood which many of my tanks have.

  3. Cassie October 25, 2013 at 12:35 am #

    Wow. I wish my water sprite would do that. Mine is slow growing. But don’t get me started on my java moss. It’s unruly.

    • fishtanx2011 November 2, 2013 at 6:51 pm #

      If I have 2 light bulbs over the tank the plants go wild. One bulb and I grow Java Moss.

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