Animal Stories - Cabomba

Animal-World Information about: Cabomba

   Cabomba is a very common and beautiful aquarium plant that is great for beginner aquariums!
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Rick - 2013-02-01
I have some that I put in my 10-gal Hagan aquarium 1.5 months ago. Until 4 days ago, they were doing GREAT. They grew so quickly, I had to cut them and replant the cuttings. Now, they all appear to be dying. The only thing that happened is (1) I did a 50% water change (but used filtered water AND added water conditioner) and (2) I killed a bunch of snails that had come with the plants (these or others I got on the same shipment). When I killed the snails, I smashed them and then pulled out the bodies with a paper towel. However, 4-5 days later, I noticed 6-8 very small (.5mm thick, 5-8mm long) white worms on the back glass. It was 2 days after I noticed the worms that my Babomba Green started dying. Any ideas?

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  • Anonymous - 2013-02-06
    Snail killers usually contain copper which can also kill plants. Copper is also the main ingredient in many ich medications like 'quick cure' and so should be used sparingly in a planted aquarium. If it is copper in your snailicide medication, filter the water with carbon to remove it along with dechlorinated water changes. Good luck!
Slyfish - 2012-05-11
I have a couple of these cabombas in a ten gallon tank. I used to have some in a five gallon tank that died; I'm pretty sure it was from too little light. So in this 10-gal I put in a special grow light and they live well. I guess they have enough light, or is it something else? Anyway, my problem with these plants in the 10-gal tank is that they won't take root. They're healthy otherwise, but they have no roots so my 3 catfish uproot them when they poke around in the gravel for food. I've tried fertilizer and trimming the stem bottoms but nothing works. The stems just have this brown, kinda hard end to them, like flowers in a vase do after a while. I have nuetral to slightly acidic ph, and healthy levels of nitrate and alkalinity and stuff, from well water. It's not really a big problem, but I'm getting tired of replanting them every day. Anybody have help?

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  • Sourav - 2012-11-30
    yes they will the plants will grow well if you have a under grveal filter the roots will grow in all the sediment that is pulled under the filter tray if you put peat and clay in the water will cloud up as the fish dig in the grvealReferences :
Kevin Aylward - 2005-11-26
Being a newbie to fishkeeping, this looked like a good place to start with plants. I bought ten bunches of cabomba, and placed them at the back and corners of the tank. The fish seem to love the fact that they can swim around and through them. I think it stimulates them. I know these live plants have it all over the artificials for appearance. Their whispy texture flows gracefully, and is visually pleasant. Thank you for giving me a selection that even us newbies can enjoy and succeed with.

Kevin from Maryland

Alleen - 2006-04-06
Cabomba is a really good plant, but the roots are damaged very easily, so be carefull when planting them. I recently got some of the red cabomba,and it has a little pinkish\white bloom on it. It is very pretty in the aquarium!

Devanshi - 2010-04-01
They are nice to look at, and my red Danios also enjoy swimming through them.

hasib - 2010-05-16
Here's another confusion....I've bought 9 cabomba plants and 8 another plants that the shopkeeper called some kind of fern...but here I can see that the fern turned out to be the real cabomba...then what about the plant that the shopkeeper called cabomba?
Though I can see them here in the second picture of cabomba....they are actually behind the cabomba plant....can anyone help recognize them?

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  • Nancy - 2011-07-11
    Hasib, If you are referring to the light green plant behind the Cabomba on the right rear in the 2nd picture that is called Wisteria or Hygrophila difformis. It's a very prolific plant and quite attractive.
AQUA GARDENER - 2006-05-14
Cabomba is a very nice plant i'm lucky enough to get tons of it here in louisiana at a local pond. i have it mixed in with a low growing water grass that i also get from the pond plus a few other assorted aquatic plants from other ponds in the area. my fish love it. i have a 175 gallon tank full of it my fish breed in it quite nicely. it gets very tall and very lush. its a good starter plant just get a proper grow light bulb and it will do fine. pleco's (alagea eaters) like chewing on it. you can break a long stem into several parts and each one will eventually grow as a seperate plant. can you really eat it?? thats news to me! lol

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  • Abelard A - 2011-06-27
    My cabomba stop growing. All the leaves are falling apart. It started when I cut the stems to replant it. I feel guilty for doing this. Can you please advice me on what to do, to make my cabomba grow again? Thanks.
bill - 2006-10-07
This plant is good for any enviroment and grows fast under a good light. I use pro-glo from Hagen for lighting and can watch it grow. This plant can grow an inch a day. Only have had this plant for about two weeks but all my mollies love this plant and will peck at it and its flowers.

kim boward - 2004-11-28
Beautiful plant, especially when there white flowers appear. I keep mine for food. The fish love to eat them. They become very long also.

Anonymous - 2004-05-04
you need to add information about the freshwater plants and not just have pictures and descriptions of freshwater plants!!!

Please do it because it will get a lot more people to look on your website and it will be a great reference!