Ceratopteris cornuta, ‘Lobed Water Sprite'
Difficulty: Easy, suitable for beginners
Size: Floating plants will grow 10 - 20cm in width; rooted plants may grow larger
Native Range: Southern Continents (Sub-Saharan Africa, Madagascar, parts of the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Northeast India, and Northern Australia)
Position and Usage: Midground to background placement with the potential to float at the water’s surface
Growth Rate: Medium to fast
Lighting: 3/5 - 5/5
Water Conditions: Optimal water temperatures of 22 - 28°C; hard water preferred
Propagation: Floating plantlets can be re-planted in the substrate or left to grow independently
Special Requirements: Use extra care when handling this plant’s delicate stems
Ceratopteris cornuta (Lobed Water Sprite)
Ceratopteris Cornuta, otherwise known as the "lobed water sprite", is an adaptable plant that will adjust to the space it is given. It is a distinct and somewhat uncommon species that is related to the common water sprite. Floating specimens can grow to 20 x 20 cm across, while rooted plants may grow larger, potentially to your tank’s surface. We discourage C02 injection as this species requires trimming and can overwhelm an aquascape. Floating plantlets should be monitored as they may clog filtration systems and circulation pumps. Grounded specimens require manual rooting in a deep, dense substrate and will appear different and and grow slower than their floating counterparts. Warm water temperatures will encourage fast growth, but this hardy plant is suitable for cold-water aquariums. Both rooted and floating specimens require light and will stop growing if shaded.
This is a hardy, easily cultivated species that is absolutely beautiful and and will quickly turn bare aquariums or patches into lush green forests, providing not only eye-candy but ideal shelter and comfort for animals such as shrimp or more timid fish. It is also an ideal plant for removing excess nutrients including harmful nitrogen compounds from the water column.