Sometimes called "Brazilian Waterweed," Elodea Plant can be
identified by its eye-catching, light green leaves. In addition to
being exceedingly easy to care for, Elodea is a very helpful
pond plant in that it helps to reduce algae, clarify water and
provide shade for fish. The plant can grow when floating freely or
rooted in substrate.
- Maximum height: 2'
- Bright or light green, linear leaves
- Tank placement: Background, middle ground
- Water temperature: 72-78° F
- Ideal for beginners
Note: Plant availability is seasonal. State and local
regulations may vary. Pricing may vary by store location. PetSmart
stores cannot match the price above for this item. Ask a store
associate for details.
Things to remember:
Aquatic plants require a tropical community aquarium with water
temperatures ranging between 72-78º F (22-26º C). Use an aquarium
heater to maintain water temperature.
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
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.
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
Test water weekly to assess water quality. It is recommended
that 10% of your aquarium water be changed per week. At the very
least, 25% of your aquarium water 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.
Place your aquarium in a low-traffic area, away from direct
sunlight and drafts.
Planting your natural aquarium:
Usually stay very short and help fill in the front part of the
Middle ground plants:
These plants grow anywhere form 4-10 inches tall.
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
- 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
aquarium water quality and consult an in-store Aquatics