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Water Sprite (Ceratopteris thalictroides)


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Common Name: Water Sprite
Proper Name: Ceratopteris thalictroides
Category: Stem Plants
Temperature: 20 - 30 C
PH: 5.0 - 8.0
Lighting: Low
Growth Rate: Very Fast
Difficulty: Easy
Origin: Asia Tropics
Position in Aquascape: Floating
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When grown emersed it will becomes sturdy with thicker stems and leaves. Growing submerged it adapt and turn into limp and softer plant. Water Sprite can be kept planted or left floating. Propagate by sending out axial shoots, forming tiny plantlets which eventually develop roots and floats away. Some sudden stress will encourage the plant propagate vigorously. medicineman I've grown this plant under 1.5wpg in my 10g tank. Very fast growth both planted and floating. One of the easiest plants I've ever had. Burks In terms of growth, many people--including the plant detail above--consider this plant "easy." I think that only partially true. Oddly enough, it will grow and flourish just fine in one of my smaller tanks, with a lot of natural light, but very little artificial source. Conversely, in my planted tank, with fertilizer dosing, high light output, etc, it ultimately rots away. I would more accurately describes is overall difficulty as "moderate," considering that under ideal conditions it dissipates and under less controlled conditions, it flourishes. kevbshields
 
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actually i bought a small pot of it and after 2 months it almost captures 3/4 of my tank lots of trimming and medium-bright lighting are good. this plant is very proliferate and one of the most easiest plants with low maintenance. because of irs thickness it so big that i gave some to my neighbor and brothers. and after a month i could see them too trimming it and throwing it away. then i got an idea i place it in a low tech lighting and the growth is slow and poor. whew! that ought to do it. this can also be planted as a ephiphyte! you won't believe it but its true! a small plantlet grows at the tip and grows roots near the driftwood. after about a week it is definitely attached with no problems.
 
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I decided not to plant this and float it by wedging the roots behind a CO2 tube. This plant has absolutely taken off in just a couple of weeks. It's growing nice flat broad leaves on the surface. Several stems are growing out the opening of the back of my tank and they look really cool. Adds some depth to your tank.
 
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Put it in high light, diy co2, flourite substrate, and flourish fertilizers, this plant grows like a weed even faster than hygrophila polysperma. In two weeks, the plant tripled in size, so I took some cuttings to give to my LFS.
 
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Every time I try to grow this it melts. I have many other plants that thrive I dose, have good light and have luck with most other plants but this and dwarf sag never ever grow for me. Must be something in my water.....
 
Abs
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I've expeirienced it once. My watersprite melts when it is planted in a tank with fishes. So, the swift swimming and nibbling of fishes easily broke its leaves. when planting, make sure there is no fish or fast water movement. just leave it in a tank and allow it to grow.
 
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I can keep this growing in a 10 gallon platy tank with low light in a darker corner of the room. It adds nice contrast to Anubias and will make a little jungle for your livebearers fry. Under medium light its too aggressive - needing nearly WEEKLY trimming to just stay in one corner of a 55 gal tank. Wow, nothing grows like this that I've planted, not yet.
 
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This plant wasn't really working in my aquascape anymore so I decided to remove it all except for one tiny little plantlet that was growing on the mother plant. I pushed down behind my amazon sword and within a few months it had grown into the whole corner and towards the surface. This plant is crazy.
 
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I put this plant in my 10g shrimp tank and the leaves are turning brown. The temp is at 68f so this plant may not appreciate cooler water.
 
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I have this in my 36 gal tank with fish, java fern and Anubis. I consider this tank low light. It flourished at first tripling in size in a matter of weeks. For reasons unknown my tanks alkalinity has risen to about 7.4 and now this plant is not flourishing so much. It's drooping and turning brown. This has been a slow process tho, the anubis and java fern are doing well (Considering low light).
 
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I bought this plant and it looks so weird. the seller, cuts all the immersed leaves of this fern. he said it will grow into a water sprite. Intrigued, i bought it home and in about one week, the fronds grow so many plantlets, about 4-6. In about 3 weeks, It covered the back of my tank. No co2 and ferts. just bicol sand and two fluorescent tubes. easy and fast growing. :)))
 
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I have 1 little leaf a little bigger than gravel hitched a ride from my last visit to my LFS. It had 1 very tiny root so I just let it float around. 4 weeks later it grew into golf ball size. i'm now very excited and have big plan for it. by the way, I call it *SNEAKY*
 
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I received bits of this plant when someone gave me snails. Left it floating may 2012. Now I have a beautiful plant with 3 big leaves. I did push it into my java moss it holds there and grows. Abs : fast fish swimming won't kill ceraptopteris cornuta or thalictroides. Plant must have been missing an important nutrient, like calcium or something else. Ceraptopteris grow fast, but I did lose it in a tank with soft water, some nutrient was missing. This plant can grow very large when planted. In my 65G, it grew and occupied one/third of the space and it grew big plantets each week. At one point I removed it because it was too big. Now I keep smaller versions of it planted, I may plant some from time to time but I must trim it often if I do. One the most easy plants I kept and one of the most quick growth.
 
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This plant grew well in my 10gallon shrimp tank with low light just virtually filled the tank. My angels in my 29gallon loved this stuff would eat it all up. So I would put a cluster occasionally for them to eat, they seemed to grow a taste for the stuff.

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