Cabomba aquatica

Aquarium suitability: yes
Usage: Background, Midground
Difficulty: difficult
Growth: medium
Range and localities: 

Guyana, Suriname, French Guyana, Venezuela, Colombia, northern and eastern Brazil, Bolivia

Availability [?]: 
  • occasionally available commercially

  • Cabomba schwartzii Rataj

Habit, plant type:

  • stem
Botanical name [?]: Cabómba aquática Aubl.

Major group (unranked): Seed plants: Flowering plants (Angiosperms)
Order: Nymphaeales
Family: Cabombaceae
Genus: Cabomba


Cabomba aquatica is a highly variable fanwort originating from the northern and central parts of South America. There are various colour varieties, the most frequently found in trade form of which is a green plant named giant Cambomba.
C. aquatica has up to 8.5 cm long and 9.5 cm wide submersed leaves parted into a great many fine tips. When the sprouts reach the water surface, on its tip widely oval to roundish, shield-shaped floating leaves may form, as well as yellow, mostly two-fold flowers.

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References and further reading:
  1. follows
Light medium to high 
Temperature tolerance 20 to 30 °C
Optimum temperature 23 to 27 °C
Carbonate hardness 0 to 7 °dKH
pH value 5 to 7 
Carbon dioxide (CO2) 20 to 40 mg/l
Nitrate (NO3-) 10 to 50 mg/l
Phosphate (PO43-) 0.1 to 3 mg/l
Potassium (K+) 5 to 30 mg/l
Iron (Fe) 0.01 to 0.5 mg/l

Growth: medium

Propagation: Cuttings

Can grow emersed?: no

Suited for outdoor cultivation / ponds: unknown

Winter hardiness: unknown

There is no detailled information for cultivating this plant yet.
Aquascaping: fine-leaved

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