African Water Fern (Bolbitis heudelotii) on 3- to 6-inch Driftwood
The African Water Fern (Bolbitis heudelotii), also known as the Congo Fern or simply Bolbitis, is a popular but uncommon plant that is highly in demand for the freshwater aquarium. Its long, flowing, dark green leaves are very elegant and delicate. Unlike many plants, the African Water Fern attaches itself to and propagates on aquarium décor. We offer this exquisite plant attached to an attractive 3- to 6-inch driftwood piece which can be placed anywhere in the aquarium.
African Water Fern is relatively rare because it is very slow growing. It only requires low to moderate lighting and nutrient rich soil, although its growth rate can be increased through CO2 injection/supplementation. It reproduces through rhizome division and the production of offshoots and thrives in areas with heavy water current. African Water Fern should not be planted with its rhizome (roots) buried in the substrate or it will rot and recede. Due to its delicate leaves, it should never be housed with large crayfish, medium to large cichlids, goldfish, or any other animals that will pick at plants.
Like most plants, African Water Fern will benefit from supplementation such as Seachem Flourish, Flourish Excel, Nitrogen and other plant supplements.
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What We Like About This Plant:
- Elegant green foliage
- Thrives when attached to driftwood or rockwork
- Relatively uncommon
- Requires low to moderate lighting
- Temperature: 68-80° F (20-26° C)
- pH: 5.5-8.0
- Lighting: Low to Moderate
- Origin: Indigenous to Africa, cultivated in Taiwan nurseries
- Aquarium Placement: Middle to Background
- Care: Easy to Moderate