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Elodea Nuttallii (Anacharis) (Western Waterweed) (Nuttall’s Waterweed)


Elodea Nutallii

Elodea Nuttallii is a plant native to North America and is also common in both Europe and Asia.

Is Elodea Nuttallii an oxygenating plant? Yes, indeed it is. In the correct environment, Elodea grows fast, adds significantly to the available oxygen in the aquarium water, keeps blue-green algae suppressed, is ideal cover for small fish and is also a ready source of food for your fishes.

Planting Elodea Nuttallii

Elodea Nuttallii is best planted in clumps of four to six stems and is best anchored under the substrate of your tank.

By planting Elodea Nuttallii in a clump you immediately provide an area of cover for smaller fishes.

Planting several clumps of Elodea Nuttallii in a line, each a few inches apart and around four inches from the rear of your aquarium can quickly provide a curtain behind which fishes can swim so that you don’t see all of your fishes at the one time.

Temperature tolerances of Elodea Nuttallii

Elodea will thrive in temperatures ranging from around sixty-degrees Fahrenheit to over eighty-degrees Fahrenheit so it is perfectly adapted to life in a tropical aquarium.

It should be noted that whilst Elodea Nuttallii is native to North America, it has long been a popular choice both in aquaria and in ponds so it is now widespread across Europe and Asia.

Propagating Elodea Nuttallii

Elodea Nuttallii is easy to propagate in that it is necessary only to take stem cuttings and plant these in clusters. Elodea Nuttallii prefers a nutrient-rich environment with plenty of overhead light but its growth needs to be controlled, as it can quickly form a canopy over the surface of the aquarium, blocking the light from other plants beneath it.

Elodea Nuttalli – Video

Disposing of Elodea

My general advice regarding all non-native plants and specifically regarding Elodea is to compost all excess plant material removed from your aquarium. Once removed from the water, the plant can die in as little as one hour so disposal by composting should present few issues.

Image courtesy of Christian Fischer

Mike Wheeler

I started keeping freshwater tropical fish in 1972 and it has been something of a passion ever since. In this website, my aim is to build up an everyman's guide to help the everyday aquarist get the best from this inspiring and entertaining hobby.

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