Ceratopteris thalictroides – Aquarium Plants

Ceratopteris thalictroides

Ceratopteris thalictroides: The Miraculous Aquarium Plant

Aquarium plants are an essential part of any fish tank, providing much-needed oxygen and nutrients to the water. Among the many species of plants that can be found in aquariums, one stands out as a favorite among fish keepers: Ceratopteris thalictroides, commonly known as water sprite.

Water sprite is a hardy, fast-growing species of fern that is native to Southeast Asia. It can be found in slow-moving streams and ponds, and is a popular choice for aquariums due to its ease of care and rapid growth. It has a bright green color, and its light-green foliage is a great contrast for more colorful aquarium plants.

Water sprite is a versatile plant that can be used in a wide variety of aquariums. It can be used as a background plant for larger tanks, or as a foreground plant for smaller tanks. It can also be used as a midground plant in larger aquariums, providing an interesting accent to the tank’s design.

Due to its hardiness and ease of care, water sprite is a great choice for beginner fish keepers. It is also a great choice for experienced fish keepers, as it is very low-maintenance and requires little attention.


Water sprite can be used to filter water in aquariums, as the plant’s roots are known to absorb toxins and other pollutants from the water.

Nutrients of Ceratopteris thalictroides

Nutrient Amount
Nitrogen 0.03%
Phosphorus 0.01%
Potassium 0.04%
Iron 0.01%
Magnesium 0.01%
Calcium 0.01%

Fish Types that Prefer Ceratopteris thalictroides

  • Bettas
  • Guppies
  • Mollies
  • Swordtails
  • Neon Tetras
  • Angelfish
  • Gouramis
  • Plecostomus
  • Corydoras

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Report by Dr. Jenna Lee

Dr. Jenna Lee has a Ph.D. in Aquatic Biology and has over 10 years of experience working in the field of fish aquaculture

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