Fountain Plant

Picture of a Fountain PlantFountain PlantOphiopogon japonicusPhoto © Animal-World
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I'm not sure if this is the same plant as mondo grass (like you find in your yard), but it looks similar. I've tried planting mondo grass as a widely available,... (more)  Julia

   The Fountain Plant gets it's common name from the fact that the leaves tend to bend outward and back, causing it to look like a fountain!

The Fountain Plant can be a beautiful and fulfilling addition to an aquarium and has a normal variety that reaches 8 inches (20 cm) in height, as well as a dwarf variety (Ophiopogon japonicus var. kyoto) that only reaches 4 inches (10 cm) in height. It grows at a moderate rate and produces long narrow leaves, and goes best as a foreground plant, a midground plant, or along the sides of the aquarium. It is best to usually group several plants together, with small spaces between each one.

Although the Fountain Plant is a fairly hardy plant and can survive in most conditions, the water should be regularly checked to help it thrive. It needs a pH between 6.5 and 7.5, and minimal light to keep it growing and looking healthy. Make sure to perform regular water changes and fertilize regularly after each change. The bottom substrate should be nutrient-rich. Propagation of the Fountain Plant is done by planting cuttings from the side sprouts of the main plant.

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


Geographic Distribution
Ophiopogon japonicus
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Distribution:

   They originate in Japan and Asia.

Water conditions:

   Temperature: 64-79° F (18-26° C)
   pH: 6.5 - 7.5
   dCH: 2-15°

Lighting:


   Light level: Minimal

Propagation:

   The Fountain Plant propagates from side sprouts.

Availability:

   The Fountain Plant is readily available.

Author: Jasmine Brough
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Julia - 2008-01-29
I'm not sure if this is the same plant as mondo grass (like you find in your yard), but it looks similar. I've tried planting mondo grass as a widely available, free aquarium plant, and it seems to do well.

  • Bill VonAllmen - 2011-10-20
    Hello Julia ,
    Was just wondering what part of the country you live
    in and if you know if Mondo grass grows here in my neck of
    woods , here in SW Washington State.
    Thanks , Bill
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