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Hornwort's sturdy, bristly foliage can help to eliminate algae and clarify water. The plant's tips get shorter and thicker in the fall, eventually falling off and turning to buds. Hornwort is typically found floating in water or loosely anchored in mud, and it can be rooted in an aquarium or left floating. Its dark green leaves can reach lengths of 1ÃÂ½ inches, and its stems can grow to be as long as 2 feet.
- Maximum height: 2'
- Sturdy, bristle-like, dark green foliage
- Water temperature: 72-82ÃÂ° F
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Things to remember:
Aquatic plants require a tropical community aquarium with water temperaturesranging between 72-78ÃÂº F (22-26ÃÂºC). Use an aquarium heater to maintainwater temperature.
Whether you're just starting your aquarium or introducing new plants into your tank, make sure to add onlyone or two plants at a time.
Most tropical plants require sunlight each day, year round. The duration and consistency are essentialfor plants to thrive. Natural aquariums must be equipped with the means to provide 12 hours of simulated sunlight each day.
Fertilizer should only be added according to the dosage instructions on the label, and only when needed (as in thecase of a water change). Plants will grow best if fertilized moderately and regularly after water changes rather than givenlarger quantities of fertilizer on a less-regular basis.
Fish and plants:
Small schooling fish are highly recommended for a natural planted aquarium; larger fish often uproot plants. Theadult size and eating habitats of a fish should always be taken into consideration.
Test water weekly to assess water quality. It is recommended that 10% of youraquarium water be changed per week. At the very least, 25% of your aquariumwater should be changed per month. For optimal health, regular water changes not only prevent the undesirableaccumulation of excess nutrients, but also remove excess nitrates and waste products of the fish and plants.
Place your aquarium in a low-traffic area, away from direct sunlight and drafts.
Planting your natural aquarium:
Foreground plants: Usually stay very short and help fill in the front part of the aquarium.
Middle ground plants: These plants grow anywhere form 4-10 inches tall.
Background plants: These are the fastest-growing and tallest plants.
Things to watch for:
- Poor growth
- Brown spotson leaves
- Plants appear weak, pale green to yellow, stems have few leaves
- Plants cease to grow and die off
- Stem plants have long internodes and small leaves
If you notice any of the signs described above, check your aquariumwater quality and consult an in-store Aquatics Specialist.