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By: Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

If you are an aquarium enthusiast, you might already know about aquatic Limnophila. These neat little plants are native to tropical and subtropical regions. They are considered a federal noxious weed, however, so don’t let your Limnophila water plants escape captivity or you become part of the problem.

About Aquatic Limnophila

It is very common that exotic plants arrive in an area and then become nuisances when they overpopulate wild regions and out compete native plants. Limnophila plants are just such aliens. There are over 40 varieties in the genus, which are either perennial or annual. They grow in wet conditions and are very uncomplaining and low maintenance.

Growing Limnophila in aquariums is a common scenario. Since they do well in such conditions and need little specialized care, they make excellent cover for fish. The plants in the genus vary in their form and may be erect, prostrate, arching, and branched or un-branched.

Both underwater and air grown leaves are arranged in whorls. The herbaceous leaves are either lance shaped or feather like. The flowers also differ by species with some occurring in the leaf axils and others supported on an inflorescence. Most species have tubular flowers.

Limnophila Varieties

Limnophila plants are native to Africa, Australia, Asia, and the Pacific Islands. One of the more commonly used in aquariums is Limnophila sessiliflora. It has lacy leaves and can spread across the bottom of a tank quite rapidly. It is also very tolerant of lower light.

Limnophila heterophylla is another common aquarium plant that is extremely hardy and adaptable. Some other species in the genus are:

  • L. chinensis
  • L. rugosa
  • L. tenera
  • L. connata
  • L. indica
  • L. repens
  • L. barteri
  • L. erecta
  • L. borealis
  • L. dasyantha

Using Limnophila in Aquariums

Limnophila water plants’ most vital growing requirements are heat and some light. As tropical plants, they cannot tolerate cold temperatures, but they can grow under artificial lights. Most are fast growing and reach no taller than 12 inches (30 cm.). The common aquatic species also performs well without a CO2 injection.

Most can grow either fully submerged or partially. Nutrient rich, clean water is preferred by the plants. A pH of 5.0-5.5 is best. You can pinch the plant to keep it a certain size. Keep the pinched parts to start new plants. When grown in the aquarium, the plant rarely forms flowers but if it is partly immersed, expect tiny purple flowers.

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Limnophila sessiliflora

Scientific name: Limnophila sessiliflora

Usual maximum size in aquariums: 20 - 35 cm (7.87 - 13.78 inch)

Recommended pH range for the species: 6 - 7.5

Recommended water hardness (dGH): 4 - 18°N (71.43 - 321.43ppm)

Recommended temperature: 21 - 28 °C (69.8 - 82.4°F)

Reproduction of the plant: Cuttings

Origin (in the wild): South Asia

How fast these plants grow: Fast

Recommended substrate: Fine gravel

Demands on lighting: Bright

Ideal placement in a fish tank: Background


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ใบไม้ที่ปลูกทั้งใต้น้ำและในอากาศจะเรียงตัวกันเป็นวง ใบเป็นไม้ล้มลุกมีทั้งรูปหอกหรือคล้ายขนนก ดอกไม้ยังแตกต่างกันไปตามสายพันธุ์โดยมีบางชนิดเกิดขึ้นในซอกใบและดอกอื่น ๆ ที่ช่อดอก พันธุ์ส่วนใหญ่มีดอกท่อ


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    Common Name: Limnophila Belem

    Limnophila Belem is beautiful plant native to Asia. The leaves are paired and narrow, with tiny serrated looking edges. When grown under ideal conditions, such as high light and with CO2, striking purples and pinks will develop on the leaves, especially at the growing tips.

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    • Please research appropriately to ensure your plant thrives.

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    Due to its vertical growing pattern and color, we recommend placing Limnophila Belem in the background or midground of a scape. A drastic pop of color will intensity any scape. Limnophila Belem can be grown in both submerged and emersed conditions, although a transition period will be required. To keep Limnophila Belem nice and compact, regular trimming will need to be performed. There trimmings can then be replanted as a form of propagation.

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    • Please research appropriately to ensure your plant thrives.

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    im tropischen Afrika und Asien weit verbreitet, eingeschleppt in Südwest-Brasilien (Rio Guaporé)

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