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Hardiness: Very Easy
Light Needs: Medium
Plant Structure: Stem
Region: Central/South America
Size: Stem width: 3-5cm (1-2
Growth Rate: Very fast
Can Be Grown Emersed: No
South American native Egeria najas has long been an
aquarium favorite. It is readily available through
trading with other hobbyists, online retailers, and
It is an attractive stem plant that grows strongly and
is not at all demanding beyond the most basic of
requirements. It is perfectly suitable for moderately
lighted tanks and does not really need additional
carbon dioxide, although that certainly does help.
with most plants, stronger light and abundant
nutrients produce the most luxuriant growth. Unlike
many similar looking plants such as Eleodea species,
E. najas will tolerate tropical temperatures.
E. najas grows an abundance of side shoots and is easy
to propagate. It does not grow new stems from the
point of trimming especially quickly, so replanting
the snipped off shoots is the best method.
Despite its desireability, E. najas has a rather
untidy growth habit, making it tough to incorporate
into well manicured display tanks. It does make a
solid choice for 'natural' style tanks or where a need
exists for plant cover for fish.
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