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Ceratopteris cornuta

biology




Ceratopteris cornuta

Ceratopteris cornuta - 29,87 K




Family

Pteridaceae

Part of the world

South East Asia
Africa

Height 121p157b

25-50 cm

Width

10-30 cm

Light requirements

average-high

Temperature

15-28oC

Hardness tolerance

soft-hard

pH tolerance



acid-basic

Easiness

average

Ceratopteris cornuta is an aquatic fern and resembles Ceratopteris thalictroides though the former has more delicate leaves. It is often sold as a floating plant where it develops a very ornamental root system that is suitable for the foam nest building labyrinth fish. However, it may just as well be grown as a rooted plant - and only the rooted individuals develop fertile leaves. The fertile leaves are folded inwards towards the abaxial - or lower - side where the sporangia develop. All leaves are, however, very different in appearance regardless of fertility status. Ceratopteris cornuta is a sturdy and fast growing plant which prefers a relatively nutrient rich substrate. The water chemistry does not seem to be important for this plant and most pH and hardness values found in a normal aquarium are accepted, but the growth will always benefit from CO enrichment of the water. Ceratopteris cornuta is a very good starter plant for large aquaria because it effectively removes most of the inorganic nutrients present in the water of a new aquarium. It is easily propagated by floating leaves which produce adventitious plants.










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