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(Egeria densa)
Quick Care FactsCare Level: Easy
Lighting: Medium
Maximum Size: 40"
Placement: Background
Water Conditions: 60-82° F, pH 6.5-7.5, KH 3-8
Propagation: Cuttings
Color Forms: Green
Supplements: CO2 Fertilization, High Quality Aquarium Fertilizer
Origin: South America
Family: Hydrocharitacea
Species: E. densa
Species Information
Anacharis (Egeria densa) is a good plant for beginners as its rapid growth helps create a nutrient balance in the aquarium from the start. It can also help prevent algae because it absorbs a great number of nutrients from the water. This plant species secretes antibiotic substances which can help prevent blue-green algae (a type of bacteria).
The growth rate depends largely on the amount of light and nutrition available. Growth does not stop in unfavorable conditions, but the plant turns light in color and the tendrils grow thin, it may also shed leaves.
Aquarium Care
Anacharis does well in both tropical aquariums and coldwater aquariums. When kept in a tropical aquarium, they require regular additions of fertilizer and a moderate amount of light. With the addition of CO2 fertilization, they will thrive in even hard water. Anacharis is an excellent nutrient controller and oxygen producer for all types of freshwater aquariums and is also a suitable plant for use in aquariums that house live bearers.
Feeding & Nutrition
Provide at least 2 watts per gallon of light provided by full spectrum (5000-7000K) bulbs, and keep the aquarium water between 60° and 82°F. Anacharis grow best in water with an alkalinity of 3-8 dKH with a neutral pH of 6.5-7.5. Propagate by removing cuttings from mature, healthy plants.
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