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Carolina Fanwort (Cabomba caroliniana)


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Common Name: Carolina Fanwort
Proper Name: Cabomba caroliniana
Category: Stem Plants
Temperature: 15 - 26 C
PH: 5.0 - 7.0
Lighting: Medium
Growth Rate: Fast
Difficulty: Medium
Origin: North and South America
Position in Aquascape: Background
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Comments Fanwort has been released into my lake in Ontario, Canada, and in a few short years has managed to wreak havoc on most of the shallow areas of the lake through it's prolific growth and choking nature. I encourage all aquarium owners to responsibly handle and dispose fish and plants to avoid this type of catastrophy in future. T Rees Cabomba is one of my favourite plant.I have some hard time to establish its root though since it keeps on coming out of the subtrate...Good plants for beginners. Ace Cabomba is one of my favorites aquatic plants, needs good light and clear water, leave it float until gets root or plant it with two nodes below the gravel. Rafael Cabomba is one of the easiest to grow plants under most conditions. After established in a higher light tank, it may become a nuisance, growing to the surface sometimes twice a week. But, this plant is a very good beginner plant too! Devin
 
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In my opinion it is one of the easiest plant to grow, but I had rather bad experience with it- I think it's not suitable to small tanks- if you are adding CO2 and have a good light it will grow very fast. I got rid off it because it was outgrowing all my plants in just couple of days. But oterwhise, it's a very beautiful and easy to maintain plant- juzt keep the water clean so you don't get it clogged.
 
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I love this plant. It can be a little invasive, which is why I reccomend only buying it for a High tech tank if you are prepared for a lot of pruning! In it's native south America it is eaten as a vegetable.
 
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For me this is moderate easy plant. For with low light it almost died. Also if I moved it I lost stems. Since I added a 65 Watt Dual 6700K White/10000K daylight bulb it is growing.
 
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this has outgrown all my plants it literally over 2 feet.
 
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I was looking around the internet for this plant, and just saw it is listed as "Prohibited" in my native Massachusetts. [URL="http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=CACA"]http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=CACA[/URL]
 
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not sure if its my luck or what tho it always seems to malt leaves towards the bottom fo the steam, which means 20 mins a day scooping out the fallen off leaves:(
 
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I have also noticed that it can brown at the base yet the rest of the plant appears healthy. Another easy plant to produce cuttings from & save me money. Good choice if you like a lot of greenery & the fantails enjoy it as salad too!
 
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Messiest plant I've ever had. Especially if you have Gouramis who like to tear it up. Pretty while it lasted. Grew back really quick.
 
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I planted this all over my tank, it looks beautiful. If you have CO2 in your tank, it is true it will grow FAST. Within 2-3 days you will see the result. Looks very nice when fully green.
 
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This is one of our most popular plants and very easy to maintain. Buy it now on www.plantedtanks.co.uk
 
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I have a 20g semi high tech (i just started it and im a noob) with 2x24w T5HO and diy C02 and when my first stem hit the top of the tank in like 2-3 days I was like "Something has to be wrong, maybe my water level dropped " lol but its been less than a week and all of my stems grow like 1.5 inches a day or more, its crazy. I have this in the back of the aquarium in a line but if it keeps growing like this Its going to be EVERYWHERE haha.
 
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I bought 6 bunches of them about 30 days ago. One specific bunch has out grown all the others 3 to 1. I noticed on that specific bunch the small branches are farther apart on the stem than the others, it's probably a different species. Lovely plant.
 
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Picked up a few bunches of these at my LFS for $2.99 each. I'm kinda nervous about having this plant in my tank because I heard they can get very messy- but I really like the way they look. I picked the best looking out of the bunches to plant. I trimmed off some of the lower branches so the stem could be well planted- and planted them at an angle. They're hiding my CO2 diffuser near the back- hope they get enough light. The bottom branches may have to be trimmed if they start to brown/melt due to lack of light. If I ever plant these again, I would rinse them well in a bucket of mature water- to get loose foliage off the branches. This will prevent filter clogs during initial planting. Edit: After a couple of weeks- this plant seems to be doing well and growing. Really haven't had any filter clogging problems. Tetras LOVE it and have made it their home. It's looking beautiful. I thought one plant was turning brown like it was decaying or growing algae- but after trimming around it, I discovered it was actually turning red. I guess this is a good sign? (I don't have high lighting just 1.5 wpg from a plant light).
 
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This plant in good conditions will grow inches in a day.. I have watched it grow used to have it in a planted tank in my office and literally in one day watched it put on one full row of growth and 1/2 way through another... it really is crazy to watch. I was growing so much of it that every weekend I would cut all but about 3inches off and sell it to the fish store.
 
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these plant is easy to grow and it potentially reaches about a foot long. easy to take care with steady fertilisation and and crystal clear water.
 
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this is very cheap in our country it costs 10 pesos every 3 stems. in dollars it would not even reach about 1 dollar so it is very cheap
 
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I have hard water and no CO2 injection. This plant grows like crazy-easily about an inch a day. 29 gallon tank with 2 T5HO 24 watt bulbs at 6,000 and 6,700 k. Had some bottom leaves turning brown but only on the ones that were planted to close together and couldn't get enough light. When cutting make sure to cut close to the height you want the plant to be. Stem plants will not grow from were cut. New shoots will develop from lower nodes.
 
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LFS often keep it in low light and it turns really dark and gets covered with stuff. Definitely rinse it well in tank water before putting it in your aquarium or else! Mine has pretty orange tops and the nodes are very close together. I haven't let it reach the surface yet, but when it does, it will reward me with a flower. :)
 
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Its cheap yet dainty and beautiful. Very easy and fast grower. Although it is sensitive and melts sometimes.
 
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Great filler plant very easy to grow not as brittle as Rotala. Grows fast and a great place for fish and shrimp to hide.
 
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I just planted 4 pieces in my riparium but as it doesn't have much light during two weeks, I hope it won't create problem now. one is floating with flower and I am asking myself if it can blossom underwater... lovely plant with a lot oxygen!
 
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I read it is often eaten by shrimp ,if nothing else to eat ,should be a good backup when going on vacation.

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