Water Sprite / Ceratopteris thalicroides (MEGA HARDY PLANT)
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.
I was on the fence for a long time about getting live plants over the internet. My fears...whatever they were...were completely unfounded. The plants I ordered from Dustin arrived quickly. They arrived in very very good shape. They have experienced near zero "shock"---if that is the correct term. Don't be like me. Get off the fence. You will not regret it.
It arrived dead! Appears it was shipped dead. I thought i was buying a fresh green plant I got a brown plant with a few green new sprouts. Not very happy! Will not waste money like that again.
As always plenty of plants! New roots, strong stems. Last order, Dustin threw in an extra plant, what a guy! Thanks and….buy more Plants
I do hope these will survive my goldfish. But I am purchasing plants I hope will propagate in my goldfish tank, since I will be changing from a 20 gallon to a 55 gallon soon. The plants look good and you sent two small ones rather than just one. Thank you. My only concern is they were sooo cold when I opened them. I hope that did not shock them too much.