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Patrick - 2010-03-26
An awesome plant for the aquarium. Its root system that forms beneath each leaf adds an interesting touch. I have mine running vertically up the side of my 75 gallon tank and also horizontally along the bottom. With my light and CO2 set-up, it constantly gives off streams of bubbles.

I often clip sections of it off and transplant into my dad's low-tech 55 gallon. It has done very well, is growing quickly, and looks great.

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Julia - 2008-01-29
I'm not sure if this is the same plant as mondo grass (like you find in your yard), but it looks similar. I've tried planting mondo grass as a widely available, free aquarium plant, and it seems to do well.

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  • Bill VonAllmen - 2011-10-20
    Hello Julia ,
    Was just wondering what part of the country you live
    in and if you know if Mondo grass grows here in my neck of
    woods , here in SW Washington State.
    Thanks , Bill
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Barbara - 2003-11-18
Pretty and delicate, and tolerates a wide range of temp. and conditions, it is rightfully named and will cause anarchy if not tamed. This means serious frequent trimming, and inproper propgation will lead to a dense cover on the aquariums top which will prevent you from feeding. Lastly, if you have any underwater crabs (fiddlers, thai), dont use this plant, it is strong, hard to topple, easy to climb, and willingly goes ABOVE the waters surface- giving your fishy friends a perfect excuse to take a dry land vacation.

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Kevin Aylward - 2005-11-26
Being a newbie to fishkeeping, this looked like a good place to start with plants. I bought ten bunches of cabomba, and placed them at the back and corners of the tank. The fish seem to love the fact that they can swim around and through them. I think it stimulates them. I know these live plants have it all over the artificials for appearance. Their whispy texture flows gracefully, and is visually pleasant. Thank you for giving me a selection that even us newbies can enjoy and succeed with.

Kevin from Maryland

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Bil - 2006-10-07
Hornwort is a great plant very easy to care for and it reproduces by itself. A good plant for fry to hide in. But beware usually it brings friends like snails to your tank. Everytime we get some hornwort we are plagued with pond snails you'll see a few and then a week later there is about 50 snails in there. The hornwort grows fast like cabomba and still gets pecked at by the mollies especially fry mollies. I have all kinds of baby fry in my hornwort. A very good all around plant for the aquarium and it does shed its leaves but the decaying matter turns into algae for the pleco. For beginners this is the best plant for you.

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Jake - 2004-09-30
I am very disappointed when I see online aquarium retailers selling Brazilian Elodea under the name of "anacharis". This plant, the Brazilian Elodea, is a highly noxious and invasive weed and is obviously non-native. This plant readily outcompetes native plants in lakes where it is "accidentally" introduced into a local lake or pond. I would like to see the chances of this plant impacting our lakes reduced and promote the use of the native plant, the common Elodea, (Elodea canadensis. It is just as attractive and will not harm our lakes if they are introduced, as they are native to North America.

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  • Doug - 2012-12-11
    Jake, being a newb to planted aquarium, how can you tell the difference? When I go to a pet store or online it's all listed as anacharis. Thanks for any advice. Doug
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Michael Brown - 2011-11-27
I have just got 2 bunches of hornwort and floated them I use flora boost too once a week all my other plants are doing well hope the hornwort does the same hope to get some advice? thank you

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Alleen - 2006-04-06
Cabomba is a really good plant, but the roots are damaged very easily, so be carefull when planting them. I recently got some of the red cabomba,and it has a little pinkish\white bloom on it. It is very pretty in the aquarium!

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Devanshi - 2010-04-01
They are nice to look at, and my red Danios also enjoy swimming through them.

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cindy collins - 2010-11-28
My fish (angelfish....they never die ) However I bought hornwort plant which was healthy and green when I got it and it fell to pieces in less than 2 weeks .. What's the secret to growing it?

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  • Anonymous - 2011-01-02
    I have had the same experience ..I think some medication and even salt might affect its growth. Fertilization is a must for it sucks a lot of the nutrients to grow.
    I am inclined to try it again and see how it fairs . Copper meds can kill it within hours I read...so if they can grow it so can I...good luck
  • Eliza Platy Breeder - 2011-01-15
    I have had this problem with elodea and hornwort. I have found the best thing to do is keep the pH at about 7-7.4, have some fertilizer handy, make sure you condition your water if you use tap (you can buy Stress Coat at Walmart for about five bucks) and clip off the dead parts about every two weeks.
  • bissy grey - 2011-01-19
    Hornwort can be tricky to grow at times but you need to have the water temperature right otherwise it will die! Hornwort is very hardy but sometimes will die if the water is too high or low! The correct water temperature is on the page (: good luck.
  • Gordie - 2011-06-13
    There are none, let it grow and grow and grow
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