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Salvinia Natans (One Hand Full)
  • Salvinia Natans (One Hand Full)

Salvinia Natans (One Hand Full)

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Common Name: Salvinia

Plant Use:

Difficulty Level: Easy

Light Demand: Low

Co2 Demand: Low

Fertilizer Demand: Low

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Plant Pictures shown are of Submersed Grown Plants in Aquariums under Optimum Plant Growing Conditions. Plants Sent are grown in Farms in Emmersed or Submersed Conditions depending on variety. Hence, Plant/Leaf Structures may vary from that shown in pictures. When they are grown submersed in aquariums under Optimum Growing Conditions as required by the Plant (Light, Co2 and Nutrients) they will get the appearance as shown in pictures

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Description: Salvinia Natans, commonly known as Floating Watermoss, is an exquisite floating aquatic plant belonging to the Salviniaceae family. Originating from South America, this charming floating fern has found its way into aquariums and water gardens worldwide. The plant consists of paired floating leaves that exhibit a unique structure, creating a captivating and decorative effect on the water's surface.

Plant Information:

  • Scientific Name: Salvinia Natans
  • Family: Salviniaceae
  • Origin: South America
  • Difficulty Level: Easy
  • Lighting Requirements: Low to Moderate
  • CO2 Requirement: Low
  • Temperature Range: 64-82°F (18-28°C)
  • pH Range: 6.0-8.0
  • Propagation: Vegetative, budding

Growing Information:

1. Floating Habit: Salvinia Natans is a free-floating plant that does not anchor itself to the substrate. Its leaves remain buoyant on the water surface, creating a lush and green carpet.

2. Lighting: This plant thrives in low to moderate lighting conditions. While it can tolerate lower light levels, providing moderate light enhances its growth and promotes the development of vibrant green foliage.

3. CO2 and Nutrients: Salvinia Natans is undemanding when it comes to CO2 supplementation. It can absorb nutrients directly from the water. Adding a liquid fertilizer to the aquarium helps ensure a nutrient-rich environment.

4. Water Parameters: Maintain a temperature range of 64-82°F (18-28°C) and a pH level between 6.0-8.0. The plant adapts well to a variety of water hardness levels.

5. Propagation: Salvinia Natans reproduces vegetatively through the production of daughter plants or buds. These buds, connected to the parent plant, eventually develop into individual plants. Once the buds are mature, they can be separated and placed elsewhere in the aquarium.

6. Versatility: Due to its floating nature, Salvinia Natans is an excellent choice for open-top aquariums, paludariums, and natural ponds. It provides shade to aquatic inhabitants and helps reduce algae growth by blocking excess light.

7. Algae Control: The dense growth of Salvinia Natans on the water surface helps shade the aquarium, limiting the availability of light for algae. This natural shading effect can be beneficial in controlling algae growth.

8. Aesthetics and Aquarium Design: The intricate pattern of leaves and the floating habit of Salvinia Natans add a touch of elegance to aquariums. It works well in both traditional and contemporary aquascaping styles.

9. Maintenance: Regular removal of excess or overgrown portions helps maintain the desired appearance. Additionally, it is essential to ensure that the plant does not completely cover the water surface to allow for gas exchange.

Salvinia Natans is an enchanting floating plant that brings a sense of tranquility and natural beauty to aquatic environments. Its ease of care, decorative appeal, and versatile applications make it a favorite among aquarists seeking to create captivating underwater landscapes. Whether used in aquariums or outdoor water features, Salvinia Natans adds a touch of serenity to any aquatic setting.



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