Water Spangles (Salvinia minima)
Water Spangles is an excellent floating plant for aquariums and ponds due to its attractive appearance, versatility, and fast growth rate!
Water Spangles (Salvinia minima) is a Central and South American floating plant that is known for its relatively large size and its dangling roots, which are a great feeding area and refuge for aquatic animal fry. This hardy plant propagates quickly and can provide shade to areas of the aquarium, which will encourage more reclusive species to come out of hiding. This is a truly beautiful and very beneficial plant for aquariums with gentle water flow.
Care is extremely easy for Water Spangles. It can thrive in a relatively wide pH range as well as moderate to high lighting. Its only major specific requirement is that it reportedly does not do well with a high level of surface agitation. It is best kept in an aquarium with gentle water flow. Under these simple conditions, it will multiply very quickly and provide significant denitrification as well as oxygenation, which is particularly important in aquariums with low water flow. It does not require CO2 supplementation. As it propagates, some Water Spangles plants should be removed so that they do not completely cover the entire water surface and smother the aquarium.
Like most plants, Water Spangles will benefit from supplementation such as Seachem Flourish, Flourish Excel, nitrogen, iron, and other plant supplements.
What We Like About This Plant:
- Large size for a floating plant
- Very easy care
- Provides shade to areas of the aquarium
- Very hardy and durable in low water flow
- Propagates very quickly
- Temperature: 65° - 89° F (16° - 32° C)
- pH: 6.5 - 8.0
- Lighting: Moderate to High
- Origin: Cultivated in nurseries, but indigenous to Central and South America
- Aquarium placement: Floating
- Care: Easy
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