Madagascan Lace Plant

Madagascar Lace Plant ~ Laceleaf

PIcture of a Madagascar Lace Plant or LaceleafMadagascar Lace Plant or LaceleafAponogeton madagascariensisPhoto © Animal-World
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my lace plant is dying and i dont know why. i got it on march 27th, 2012... had like 20 full leaves then. now it has like 2-3 baby leaves. the rest rotted off. i... (more)  Jess

   The Madagascar Lace Plant is known for it's beautiful "lace-like" appearance and is one of the most sought-after plants to keep in aquariums!

Madagascar Laces can reach a maxium height of 25 inches (65 cm) and grow at a moderate rate. They are a more difficult plant to keep in aquariums because their requirements must be exact in order for them to thrive. They also only propagate from seed, making it difficult to reproduce them in aquariums. They are popular decorations due to their beauty and are great as midground or foreground plants.

Madagascar Lace Plants can tolerate most light levels, however if the light is bright you will want to make sure that it is shaded by other plants or decorations. Keeping the water clean and clear, with a pH no higher than 7 is a must. Algae or other debris that grows can suffocate the delicate leaves since they have a lack of leaf tissue (hence their lace-like appearance).

For more Information on keeping a planted aquarium see:
About Planted Aquariums, Adding Aquatic Plants For a Healthy Aquarium

Geographic Distribution
Aponogeton madagascariensis
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   They originate in Madagascar.

Water conditions:

   Temperature: 68-72° F (20-22° C)
   pH: 5.5 - 7.0
   dCH: 2-15


   Light level: Low, but will do well in most aquariums as long as there is adequate shade.


   Madagascar Laces must be propagated by seed.


   The Madagascar Lace Plant is readily available.

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Jess - 2012-05-12
my lace plant is dying and i dont know why. i got it on march 27th, 2012... had like 20 full leaves then. now it has like 2-3 baby leaves. the rest rotted off. i tried plant food, which doesnt seem to effect it. my 3 amazon swords are flourishing nicely though!
iv read multiple sites that contradicted each other on proper amount of lighting. low vs high? which one is it?
and should i plant it away from a water current or does it matter? HELP! haha This plant cost me $15!

Current water stats (which im trying to fix):
55 gal freshwater tank (started mid January 2012)

Temp: 70-78F

pH: 6.0 (was 7.4 two weeks ago. idk what made it jump down. the only new thing i added to the water was a Nitra-Zorb pad 3 days ago to help with ammonia & nitrates. I didn't read anything on the box that said Nitra-Zorb effected pH.)

ammonia: 1.0
nitrite: 0.0
nitrate: 40

1 Minnow, 2 Otocinclus Algae Eaters, 3 Kuhlii Loaches, 6 Flame Von Rio Tetras, 5 Harlequin Rasboras, 2 Threadfin Rainbows, 20+ female Dalmation Platties/Mollies (3 are adults, the rest are babies/fry), 2 Dwarf Gouramis, & 1 male Crowntail Betta.

  • shannon matthews - 2014-02-01
    your lace plant might be going though shock! your sudden rise in ph was 4 marks higher than the species recommendation i'd leave it alone and let it regrow. lace plants are kinda finicky plants. if you want to test rather or not your plant food is affecting the ph buy a ph kit and get a sample of your tank water. plant this fragile plant away from from your filter currents and keep it shaded out of hot light. this plant lacks protective leaf tissue other plants have.
Conrad Menezes - 2011-09-04
The Madagascar Lace plant is a very nice plant.
I wonder if you could ship one bulb/plant to me in Qatar (arabian gulf).
If this is possible then I will give you my credit card number to expedite shipping.

  • Clarice Brough - 2011-09-04
    Check out our Pet Supply, This merchant has one in stock...
  • E.SNYDER - 2013-09-01
    Yea look around first bro. You don't ever want to give out your card number online ever!

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