Amazon Frogbit AKA Spongeplant (Limnobium laevigatum) Tissue Culture
This larger floating plant is commonly used in ponds, but it is also very useful for providing shaded areas in the aquarium!
Amazon Frogbit (Limnobium laevigatum) is a Central and South American floating plant that is commonly used in ponds, but it is also very useful in the aquarium. It is much larger than many other floating aquarium plants, so it is an excellent option for providing shade and cover for more reclusive species. Its leaves are very lily-like and will float at the water's surface, which can also be very useful for small semi-aquatic animals in terrariums and paludariums.
Care is extremely easy for Amazon Frogbit. Since it is a floating plant, it does not require planting in the substrate. Its leaves can grow to a massive size, so it often needs to be thinned out to allow light and oxygen to reach the rest of the aquarium. It can withstand wide temperature range and has very few specialized requirements other than that the top of the plant should not be submerged or else it will rot. It does not require CO2 supplementation.
Like most plants, Amazon Frogbit will benefit from supplementation such as Seachem Flourish, Flourish Excel, nitrogen, iron, and other plant supplements.
This listing is for the tissue culture form of Amazon Frogbit. Tissue cultures are superior to traditional forms of aquarium plants in many ways. They are produced in a completely sterile environment which eliminates the possibility of them carrying pest snails or algae spores. They have a shelf life (before introduction to the aquarium) of several months if properly maintained and they are housed in a nutrient gel until introduced to the aquarium. To introduce a tissue culture plant to the aquarium, simply rinse off as much nutrient gel as possible, then plant as usual. The nutrient gel will not harm your aquarium.
PLEASE NOTE: We cannot ship this plant to California
What We Like About This Plant:
- Tissue cultures contain no unwanted pest animals or algae
- Large floating plant that is ideal for providing shade and refuge
- Very easy to propagate
- Provides a great deal of cover for animal fry
- Very hardy and durable
- Temperature: 64° - 86° F (18° - 30° C)
- pH: 6.0 - 7.5
- Lighting: Moderate to High
- Origin: Lab-grown tissue culture, but indigenous to Central and South America
- Aquarium placement: Floating
- Care: Easy
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