Hornwort plants are perfect for Guppy fish Ceratophyllum demersum

Hornwort plants

Hornwort and Guppy Fry

Guppy keepers know that the best defense for newborn fish is hornwort. And you'll have a tough time tracking it down at your neighborhood fish market. Ceratophyllum demersum, or "hornwort," is a plant that floats on water and has no roots (though it can easily be anchored in substrate). Growing conditions don't need to be ideal, as it can thrive in low-light environments, though more light will spur more rapid and dense development.

In order to thrive, it consumes organic waste from the water, such as ammonia and nitrates. This results in cleaner, clearer water and happier fish and invertebrates.

Hornwort is a hardy plant that can be kept in an aquarium without the need for electric lighting, provided it is placed in a bright room not too far from a window. It has been found that hornwort thrives in bare bottom aquariums. Having some in your breeder tanks can serve as excellent fry protection, potentially negating the need for drop tanks.

To remove waste and excess nutrients from hydroponic systems, fight algae and bacteria growth in farm ponds or keep educational aquariums clean are just some of the agricultural uses of live plants Hornwort species, ecologically speaking, prefer stagnant water, slow-moving streams, and the less salty parts of sea inlets to establish their roots.

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