Water Sprite / Ceratopteris thalicroides (MEGA HARDY PLANT)

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NOTE: The plant you will receive when you purchase this plant currently looks like the photos labeled "AS OF 8/18/23"

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.


Customer Reviews

Based on 135 reviews
Catherine Schickler
Arrived healthy, but I think I’m killing them

When they arrived they were healthy and there was enough to plant them in several places in my tank. All of the other plants I got in that order are doing fantastic, but my water sprite is browning. My best guess is a nutrient deficiency, but with all of my other plants doing so well I’m not sure what it could be.

Halie Vovchik
Everything I wanted

Awesome product everything arrived like I wanted no problems and it got here fast. Water sprite is awesome I totally recommend!

Joe Smith
Water Sprite does travel well

I received the plants in okay condition. It was a really small portion and there was a decent amount of damage to the water sprite. The plant is not doing well and more than likely will not make it. All other plants made the trip in perfect or near perfection condition. Love Dustins plants but do not recommend the water sprite.

WOW. Got big Beautiful plants

Got nice healthy GREEN plants.
I am used to getting plants from the big retail stores. Never again.
The plants came after a couple of days. I read a review of the plants getting too hot and I was concerned BUT all the plants still looked great.
Placeing another order asap!

Ramiro Gonzalez
Water sprite

Got a huge plant, probably about 5or 6 hardy stems great plant !