Durable but can be a bit messy
Extremely easy plant to take care of. I don't do anything for it and it grows very well, no browning or anything. The only downside is that the little bristles fall everywhere and you have to clean it before it decays. This won't be a problem if you do your weekly clean but you might be a bit irritated with how dirty it'll look (if you have sand like me).
January 19, 2013
Do not buy
This plant is absolutely horrible! My biggest regret from pet smart. I got this plant with my new aquarium, within the first three days the bottom half turned brown. It sheds leafs constantly, which are very little and hard to gather up. They either clog my filter or scatter all over the gravel, not a very appealing look. So, I took the weight off and let the top half float around the tank. However, it would always stay on top of my other plant preventing it from getting light. After day four I just threw the stupid thing out. I would not recommend.
January 8, 2013
can be tricky
I got hornwort from a different supplier but I learned a few things with it, one, this stuff does need plenty of light, I tried to put it in a low light setup, within a few days i had all brown leaves, the stem pieces were falling apart. This is one of the fastest growing plants out there IF you have the right conditions in your tank. I managed to save the tiniest piece of this stuff and the only time i got it to grow a bit was under significant light, and nitrates (food source) were a little higher than tanks should be. Not for a low light setup, not the best for a tank that is just starting to cycle.
December 19, 2012
I absolutely love hornwort. It grows insanely fast and it is considered low-tech (doesn't need a lot of light or CO2). My "mother plant" is about 3ft tall and still growing. Another great thing is that you can just buy one bunch and soon you can have several plants off of it. You can have this plant floating, tied to something with fishing line or burry the bottom in sand/gravel. Overall it is the sturdiest and easiest plant to care for in my opinion.
October 6, 2012