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Water Wisteria

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A perfect plant for the beginning aquarium enthusiast, the Water Wisteria is easy to care for and makes an immediately interesting addition to most tanks. Its lacey leaves will thrive in moderate light, though their shape and color can change significantly in different light and temperature conditions.

  • Aquatic
  • Maximum height: 20"
  • Thin, lacey, bright green leaves
  • Tank placement: Background
  • Water temperature: 72-78° F
  • Ideal for beginners


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Things to Remember:

Water temperature:

Aquatic plants require a tropical community aquarium with water temperaturesranging between 72-78º F (22-26º C). Use an aquarium heater to maintainwater temperature.

Adding plants:

Whether you're just starting your aquarium or introducing new plants into your tank, make sure to add only one or two plants at a time.


Most tropical plants require sunlight each day, year round. The duration and consistency are essential for plants to thrive. Natural aquariums must be equipped with the means to provide 12 hours of simulated sunlight each day.

Plant fertilizer:

Fertilizer should only be added according to the dosage instructions on the label, and only when needed (as in the case of a water change). Plants will grow best if fertilized moderately and regularly after water changes rather than given larger 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. The adult size and eating habitats of a fish should always be taken into consideration.

Water changes:

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 undesirable accumulation of excess nutrients, but also remove excess nitrates and waste products of the fish and plants.

Aquarium placement:

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 spots on 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

More information:

Visit our Fish Care Center to find products, care information and bright ideas to enhance your underwater world.
Water Wisteria
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Water Wisteria is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 12.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Tremendous Growth I bought a bunch of this plant, along with several other plants, and placed it in a newly setup 10 gal tank. It took a while but when it started growing the plants seemed to double over night and triple in a week's time. I've hard to trim and cull plants on a weekly basis to keep the tank from looking like a jungle. I have given away cuttings and now have a new 55 gal tank that I've planted. The plant is hardy. I've transplanted them in my tank several times and they keep growing. The growth can be quite dense making it a good cover plant for livebearers and their babies.
Date published: 2011-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great plant for beginners This thing literally started shooting new roots in 2 days. It's now very full and bushy and a bright vibrant healthy green. Fish love to hide in it and it is so easy to grow. It does tend to be hard to plant, so you might either want to let it float and grow roots before trying to plant it in substrate, or you can tie it down with a weight until it grows roots into the substrate.
Date published: 2012-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Pretty Plant I bought this plant for my neon tetra fish tank and it looks really pretty, they love to swim around it and hide behind the leaves, my only problem was that this plant tends to be quite flimsy and bends over, other then that I love this plant.
Date published: 2012-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from NICE BUSHY PLANT This is a good plant for about any freshwater plant. It has a healthy green and is probably the most bushy aquarium plant. My dwarf frogs love to sit in the middle leaves or under it to be in the shade. And my dwarf gourami likes to trim the leaves. It might be flimsy when its small but its not when it gets big and bushy. It' a nice looking plant but some plants are nicer, like sword plants or java fern plants.
Date published: 2013-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pretty plant once its under water As other's have noticed, it looks quite different when its out of water. Once its in water the leaves will start to change practically over night. Mine isn't huge like others have described but i don't use any nutrients or co2. Just planted them in my 29 gallon fish tank and they started growing, 3 of the 4 stems i got have already grown roots that have grabbed onto the gravel, i had to move some of them around. They seem to be very hardy and don't require much at all. I can say i had a normal incondescent light bulb in my fixture, i had to upgrade to better bulbs due to some water getting in there. I got some really cool ones from Petsmart and have noticed within 1 day the leaves that were still that oval shape changed dramatically. These suckers grow a whole lot faster under the right lighting. The one i got is florescent and says it helps with Photosynthesis. Its really helping them grow. So i suggest at least upgrading your lights to accommodate any plant and you won't regret it. Also since it has 50% white and 50% blue it totally changed the way my tank looked, fish are more vibrant and colorful, especially my Neon Tetras!
Date published: 2015-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Met expectations I bought the medium water wisteria. It's pretty much a bunch of short sprigs with plenty of leaves and roots. I put it in a 5 gallon betta tank with a giant veiltail, and immediately loved how it looked! It dropped a few leaves but seemed to be doing fine. However, I had to take the fish tanks for a two day road trip, as we were moving, and at the end of the ride almost all of the wisteria was uprooted and completely dead. I threw it all away except for one sprig, which managed to stay rooted. Miraculously, after I started using some liquid ferts on it (Aqueon Plant Food) it began to flourish. It has lots of new growth on the top. Overall, I recommend for beginners onto their second or third plant. Be sure not to disturb the plant!
Date published: 2015-09-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Mine looks different from the picture too, must be a different variety than what they have in the stores now. Well, it grows great and I haven't had any issues with it. I think it's one of the prettier plants in my tank.
Date published: 2012-04-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lacy leaves I kept mine in high light and they had really lacy leaves. The mother grew 15 inches tall and created 35 plantlets. It was a vigorous grower and easily took over half my tank. The leaves give a nice contrast to other plants and is a big nutrient hog. Mine eventually withered away after I put them in a different tank but I would definitely buy again.
Date published: 2016-10-22
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