Ceratophyllum demersum bunch (Hornwort)

  • Model: P2020280 1080
  • Origin: South America
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Ceratophyllum demersum (also known as Hornwort) was found in a smaller tributary in Bolivia during an expedition to Rio Guapore, a boundary river between Brazil and Bolivia. Ceratophyllum has no roots as such, but it can still be planted in the bottom of an aquarium and stems can become up to 80 cm tall and 5 cm wide. It has lateral shoots, which gives it an attractive, compact appearance.

Note: The picture shows a lead weight at the bottom of this plant  - we do not send with this as it can damage the plant during transit. So when the stems arrive with you simply push them into your substrate with tweezers so they are about 3cm deep. In addition, as it is a true aquatic plant there are chances of snails or snail eggs. As we buy from European stock, pesticides are never used. Whilst we do our very best to remove any that we see, we wanted to make you aware that this is a possibility.

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by Noel H. on 12/3/2021

I’ve given this five stars as it arrived looking very healthy. However it didn’t last long as one of the goldfish in the aquarium liked it so much they ate it all within 2 weeks.

by Kate c. on 6/3/2021

Great service and plant came in great condition

by Vaughn W. on 20/1/2021

Snail and pest free

by David B. on 16/12/2020

We ordered this plant because thought it might resistant to the eating habits of Silver Dollars. It arrived well packaged and in good condition and looked very well in the tank -really attractive. Unfortunately, it was also attractive to the Silver Dollars and after 2 weeks on a few remnants floating round the tank.

by Liz S. on 16/12/2020

We have been buying plants to set up our aqaurium from a range of places - but these ones from Aqua Essentials are the best we have received - this is a really lovely healthy plant that floats around the tank and seems very popular with the shrimp - arrived very quickly and has settled into the tank very well.

by Tracey D. on 27/2/2020

Great quality, healthier than the plants I’ve bought locally!

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does this plant come in a pot or with roots if its cuttings how many do you get in a bag thx james


No pot, just stems, You get a portions worth which varies depending on how much Tropica have available!

If this plant does not have roots, can it be tied onto rocks aka the HC video recently highlighted on your website?


Sadly not. Plant only into substrate and push in deep enough and it holds fine.

Mine have grow very long can it be trimmed and cuttings replanted



Will this help reduce high nitrates in my goldfish tanks? My tap water is high in nitrate to begin with and I'm desperately trying to reduce nitrate levels for my fish. They are currently 80ppm. I don't have much gravel in my tank to weigh this plant down can it just float? And can i still have my air stone bubbling when this plant it in the tank. Thanks in advance for any info

Also do I have to rinse or sterylise the plant before putting it in my tank? And how do I do it


It will help reduce nitrates and can be used as a floating plant. No plants we sell need to be sterilised 

Is that price just for 1 plant ?



How long does it thak for this plant fo develop roots? I've planted it couple weeks ago and it's grown double in lenght but, when I tried to put root tabs close to it, it floated up and I notced it has no roots.


doesn't generally grow roots

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