Water Sprite / Ceratopteris thalicroides (MEGA HARDY PLANT)
LOOKS JUST LIKE THE PHOTOS.
Water sprite (or Ceratopteris thalictroides if you want to get scientific) is a highly versatile plant.(often confused with Water Wisteria)
You can keep it floating at the top of your tank. Just throw it in.
When floated, water sprite will quickly multiply once established. I grew it like this in my 125 under high light and CO2 and it grew like crazy. I had runners all over the place...
This is an EXTREMELY HARDY PLANT. It can handle the abuse of a beginner but also reward someone who is more advanced.
It likes slightly higher calcium content. (Don't over think this unless you have like discus low ph water) It has a strong sturdy stem structure and will handle the abuse of rowdy fish. I have heard people keeping it with cichlids... I don't keep cichlids and promise nothing with those fish and most plants.
The only draw back to this plant is it has a strong "Stalk" like stem that periodically used to break off in rough shipping situations which is why you haven't seen it on our site for awhile.
What is cool about Water Sprite when floated is that is produces extensive, sweet looking roots down into the tank. It grows wide leaves that attempt to cover the waters surface. My angels loved this and your fish will like it as well. This is also beneficial for newly hatched fry as well as they can hide in the big roots. Water Sprite can also be rooted down just like a normal plant. It doesn't have the hardiest roots so you'll want to get it down in there pretty good. When grown under water it will have skinnier branchy leaves that look entirely different when grown above the water.
As of 8.20 the water sprite we are selling has been grown ABOVE water. (We are straight up about our stock unlike our competitors) It is a fast converter.
IT IS ONLY $7.95 at this moment while we convert it to an underwater growing MONSTER.
Such a pretty green and seem to be happy.
It looks so cool floating in my tank Ordered 1 batch but received 2 Dustin and crew are generous when shipping Can't wait till it starts growing roots
Plants arrived quickly and in great condition. Will be buying more very soon !! Great service, great plants!!!
My beautiful Black Orchid Betta, Betta Boy, loves this beautiful plant! Dustin sent many beautiful green stems filled with roots and new sprouts. I've received water sprite from other vendors and received 2 or 3 puny stems mostly broken, which did not survive. I wish I had known about Dustin's Fishtanks from the beginning, I could have saved hundreds of dollars and countless hours trying to save half dead plants. The packaging job Dustin and team do also make a big difference in receiving nice stems. All of the plants I have ordered from them have arrived beautiful and in generous portions. Yes, most of the leaves melt. But that is to be expected as Kentucky water is quite different from Louisiana water! Within a couple of weeks, there is new growth and stronger roots. Betta Boy is very finicky about what I put in his tank. However, when I added this floating water sprite, he came alive! He loves swimming through it, wiggling in to a comfy spot, and just hanging out. I love it because it is beautiful, offers just the right amount of cover for my low light Anubias below, and is easy to care for. Dustin's is the only place I'll be buying my plants from now on!
Ordered 1 and an extra! They arrived within days, great packaging. I also ordered soil and was worried about the plant. It was wrapped in sufficient bubble wrap. No damage!