Tropica Eichhornia crassipes
Originally the Water Hyacinth is from the tropics of the Americas, but it has been released into many regions. It is on the invasive species list of many countries.
Temperature: 68 - 86° F (20 - 30 ° C)
pH: 6.0 - 8.0
Daylight is ideal, otherwise bright (approximately 50 watts per 25 gallons)
The Water Hyacinth is a beautiful plant. It has glossy green leaves and lavender blue flowers. The submerged roots are long and hairy and chocolatey brown. They serve as an excellent hiding place and spawning location for many fish.
When kept in an aquarium, the Water Hyacinth will gradually cover the aquarium surface with its offspring. It will grow to about four inches high, with the occasional 6 inch flower spike. It is generally easy to keep, but will often hog nutrients and light, so is best kept either isolated from submerged plants below or in its own aquarium.
Water Hyacinths require a lot of light, but can't be too close to the light source. The aquarium will usually need to be uncovered, but alternatively shallow water can be used. Also damp warm air is necessary for optimal growth. Although it is highly decorative, it tends to complicate tank maintenance.
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