Eichhornia crassipes

Common name: Water hyacinth

Origin: Throughout tropical regions

This potentially large floating plant can be kept in an open-top aquarium with reasonably bright lighting. The leaves are thick and waxy in appearance and may reach up to 6 in (15 cm) in length. The plant will spread rapidly and needs regular thinning. Water hyacinth is usually sold as a pond plant and does well in colder climates during the summer, but will die off during winter.

Maximum spread: 12 in (30 cm)

The COMPLETE guide to Aquariums

The COMPLETE guide to Aquariums

The word aquarium originates from the ancient Latin language, aqua meaning water and the suffix rium meaning place or building. Aquariums are beautiful and look good anywhere! Home aquariums are becoming more and more popular, it is a hobby that many people are flocking too and fish shops are on the rise. Fish are generally easy to keep although do they need quite a bit of attention. Puppies and kittens were the typical pet but now fish are becoming more and more frequent in house holds. In recent years fish shops have noticed a great increase in the rise of people wanting to purchase aquariums and fish, the boom has been great for local shops as the fish industry hasnt been such a great industry before now.

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