• Mini African Water Fern (Bolbitis heudelotii, var. “Mini”), Potted, 2-3 inches

Mini African Water Fern (Bolbitis heudelotii, var. “Mini”), Potted, 2-3 inches

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The Mini African Water Fern (Bolbitis heudelotii, var. “Mini”), 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 look very elegant and delicate.  Unlike many plants, the Mini African Water Fern attaches itself to and propagates on aquarium décor.  

Mini 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 it thrives in areas with heavy water current.  Mini African Water Fern should not be planted with its rhizome (roots) buried in the substrate because it will rot and recede.  Instead, it can be attached to rocks, driftwood and other decorations in the aquarium, or it can be planted on top of the substrate as long as the roots are not completely buried.  Due to its delicate leaves, it should never be housed with large crayfish, medium to large cichlids, goldfish, or any other animals that are prone to picking at plants.

CO2 supplementation is beneficial, but not necessary for this plant.  Like most plants, Mini African Water Fern will benefit from supplementation such as Seachem Flourish, Flourish Excel, nitrogen and other plant supplements.


What We Like About This Plant:

  • Elegant green foliage
  • Thrives when attached to driftwood or rockwork
  • Relatively uncommon
  • Requires low to moderate lighting


Care Guidelines:

  • Temperature: 68° - 80° F (20° - 26° C)
  • pH: 5.5 - 8.0
  • Lighting: Low to moderate
  • Origin: Farmed in Asia, but indigenous to Africa
  • Aquariumplacement: Any
  • Care: Easy to moderate

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