Aponogetons : The great aquatic plants for Aquariums

Aponogetons are aquatic plants that are usually grown from bulbs, even though these aquarium plants do produce seeds during their flowering season. Aponogetons are aquatic plants because these lily-like flora live only in water. While there are no known varieties of aquatic plants which are able live on dry land, the Aponogeton bulbs are not harmed by exposure to air during their dormant cycle. Because of their hardy nature, this live aquarium plant makes an excellent decoration. These aquatic plants provide habitat and shelter for tropical fish. Aponogeton Bulbs are resilient, making these aquatic plants excellent for transporting, as the bulbs will remain dormant until submersed in nutrient rich water. When Aponogetons begin sprouting, their initial sustenance comes from the bulb’s pulpy material. Aponogetons as aquarium plants don’t require a lot of care or even careful attention to the pH balance and temperature of tank water. After sprouting, provide sufficient fertilizer, and ample lighting.

Natural Enemies

While not a favored food of most fish, Aponogetons are do risk being eaten by apple snails. Most other snails ignore this live aquarium plant, a large advantage for aquatic plant growers. The danger to Aponogetons from fish comes from being crushed, knocked over, or torn up. Cichlids, koi, goldfish and larger plecostomus species in the tank could be bad news for this aquatic plant, and some varieties are occasionally nibbled by plecos, but this isn’t a common problem.

Flowering

Aponogetons are a flowering aquatic plant, many consider them to be one of the loveliest aquatic plants of all live aquarium plant decorations. Most species sprout a single flower stalk, but other varieties will fork into 2 to 5 stalks. Aponogeton flowers can be a wide range of colors, depending on the particular species, with many tiny flowers blooming from the stalk, or spike. Colors for this type of live aquarium plant range from pale blue to pink, yellow, or white.

Life Cycle

After blooming, these aquatic plants produce seeds which sink to the bottom of the aquarium and quickly form sprouts. Aponogetons anchor themselves to the substrate. Aponogetons bloom after their summer season of approximately 4 to 6 months. After this stage, Aponogetons enter a dormant stage; aquarium; on live aquarium plants such as Aponogetons, the leaves will fall off, and no additional growth will occur for approximately 3-4 months. During this stage, this variety of live aquarium plant may be transported to other aquariums.