Originally Posted by wannalearn
on liveaquaria they have the water sprite listed as ceratopteris thalictroides, is the onlyl real diffrence the shape of the leaves. what i am wanting is of course the shade, but on the TFK profle, that is just a amazing pic of the big root system hanging down in the water colum.. thats what i am after.. the banna plants may get left out. i like them, but the wifey says they look goofy. may substitue them for some pygmie chain sword..
The pygmy chain sword is a wonderful substrate plant, it does very well in moderate light under floating plants. Once settled, it will spread everywhere via runners.
The Water Sprite left floating will develop lovely dangling root masses, fish love to browse through these for plankton, and fry can hide in them.
In my last post I see I wrote "don't buy the tubers," I meant don't bury them.
But I think you are best to avoid this plant, I've never had it last more than a couple months.