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Limnobium laevigatum

Amazon frogbit

Limnobium laevigatum

Amazon frogbit

  • Fast-growing floating plant
  • Smooth, round leaves
  • Long roots
  • Recommendable for breeding tanks
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Description

South-American frogbit is a popular floating plant for aquaria that is rather undemanding and grows fast. Its round smooth leaves are attractive in open tanks, the long roots bring a very natural, primeval feel to the aquarium. Limnobium laevigatum is especially suitable for fish and shrimp breeding tanks, as it removes surplus nutrients from the water very efficiently.

Limnobium laevigatum, Amazon frogbit, is a floating plant that looks a bit like a very large duckweed. It is native to lakes, ponds and slow-flowing rivers in all of Central and South America.
Compared with the North American frogbit species Limnobium spongia, which is only rarely cultivated in aquaria these days, it is much more adaptable especially regarding temperature. Common frogbit (Hydrocharis morsus-ranae), native to Europe and Western Asia, is hardy and thus a great pond plant. It hibernatives in the form of winter buds (turions), and, other than Limnobium laevigatum, it is possibly not apt to live in a tropical tank in the long run.

The growth habit of the Amazon frogbit is comparable to other floating plants. The floating rosette forms runners regularly, at whose ends young plants grow. (read more)

Common names Amazon frogbit, Smooth frogbit, South American spongeplant
Synonyms Salvinia laevigata Humb. & Bonpl. ex Willd., Limnobium laevigatum (Humb. & Bonpl. ex Willd.) C. V. Morton, Trianea bogotensis H. Karst.
Misapplied names Limnobium spongia
Complete botanical name Limnóbium laevigátum (Humb. & Bonpl. ex Willd.) Heine
Family Hydrocharitaceae
Genus Limnobium
Difficulty easy
Usage Water surface
Growth very fast
pH value 5 - 8
Temperature tolerance 4 - 35°C
Carbonate hardness 0 - 14°dKH
General hardness 0 - 30°dGH
Propagation Fragmentation, Runners
Can grow emersed? yes
Source Flowgrow
Common names
Amazon frogbit, Smooth frogbit, South American spongeplant
Synonyms
Salvinia laevigata Humb. & Bonpl. ex Willd., Limnobium laevigatum (Humb. & Bonpl. ex Willd.) C. V. Morton, Trianea bogotensis H. Karst.
Misapplied names
Limnobium spongia
Complete botanical name
Limnóbium laevigátum (Humb. & Bonpl. ex Willd.) Heine
Family
Hydrocharitaceae
Genus
Limnobium
Difficulty
easy
Usage
Water surface
Growth
very fast
pH value
5 - 8
Temperature tolerance
4 - 35°C
Carbonate hardness
0 - 14°dKH
General hardness
0 - 30°dGH
Propagation
Fragmentation, Runners
Can grow emersed?
yes
Source
Flowgrow

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This item has been rated 4.8 out of 5 stars
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Jonathan H.
Great - Nice size
20th March 2015
Limnobium laevigatum - 1-2-GROW!
Limnobium laevigatum - 1-2-GROW!

This was part of my first ever order from Aquasabi, and I can totally recommend this site for excellent service and quality. (read more)

Sergio C.
very good conditions and quality
15th January 2018
Limnobium laevigatum - 1-2-GROW!
Limnobium laevigatum - 1-2-GROW!

The plant arrived in very good conditions and started growing immediately at high speed.

Totally worth, I am very happy with it!

Andreas M.
Wächst wie Unkraut.
8th February 2018
Limnobium laevigatum - 1-2-GROW!
Limnobium laevigatum - 1-2-GROW!

Kam perfekt verpakt und in top Qualitet an.

Wüste nicht was es zu bemängeln gäbe.. vielleicht das es zu günstig war ;)

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