Cabomba Aquatica Care and Maintenance

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Last Updated on January 7, 2023 by David

Cabomba Aquatica is a plant originating from South America. It comes from mostly sunny waters that are acidic and soft. If kept in an aquarium, this plant is very demanding. Bright lighting, soft water that has movement, and the addition of carbon dioxide are important. The supply of macro and micronutrients is also necessary for the optimal appearance of this plant. The optimal temperature range is between 23 and 27 °C. Like other stems, giant Cabomba can be propagated by cuttings, it also develops new shoots at the base of older stems. Cabomba Aquatica looks best in larger aquariums at least 50 cm high, as a group plant in the background. It’s bright green, filigree leaves stand out in contrast to the rougher-textured darker or red plants.

Cabomba Aquatica Plant Care

The stems of Cabomba Aquatica can be about one meter long and have a stem width of up to 9 cm, as well as fan-shaped sunken leaves with fine segments. When the shoots reach the surface of the water, shield-like floating leaves and yellow flowers may appear. You should not make drastic changes in the aquarium because unstable parameters will lead to the rotting of this aquarium plant. It is mandatory to remove this plant from the pot in which it was purchased, and then it is necessary to remove the soil and fertilizer surrounding the roots and plant it in a quality substrate.

Cabomba Aquatica is a popular plant for aquascaping due to its lush, green foliage and ability to oxygenate the water. It is also an important food source for many aquatic animals and helps to maintain a healthy ecosystem in the water. However, it can easily become invasive and can outcompete native plants if not kept in check. It is important to carefully monitor and control the growth of Cabomba Aquatica in order to prevent it from taking over natural habitats.



  • Family Name: Cabombaceae
  • Origin: South America
  • Height: 4-12”
  • pH: 6.0-7.5
  • Care: Easy
  • Light: Moderate to High
  • Co2: Not required but recommended
  • Propagation: Cuttings
  • Growth rate: Slow