Picture of Carolina Fanwort or Green CabombaCarolina Fanwort, Green CabombaCabomba carolinianaPhoto © Animal-World
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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... (more)  Rick

   Cabomba is a very common and beautiful aquarium plant that is great for beginner aquariums!

Cabomba will root if the shoots are buried in the gravel. The stems will grow up to 50 cm (20 in) and so in an aquarium they will need to be trimmed periodically. They are also easily propagated by simply planting cuttings from the present plants. Cabomba will do great in almost any aquarium environment, including harder water and minimal light. However, the brighter the light the better it will grow.

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

Geographic Distribution
Cabomba caroliniana
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   Cabomba can be found in Central and South America.

Water conditions:

   Temperature: 72-82° F (22-28° C)
   pH: 6.5 - 7.5
   dCH: 2-12°


   Light level: Moderate to bright


   Cuttings and side shoots.


   Cabomba is readily available.

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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?

  • 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?

  • 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!