Riccia fluitans

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Riccia fluitans is actually a very easy plant to grow. Riccia's widespread distribution is due in part to its ability to tolerate a very wide range of environments, from medium soft to very hard water, pH ranges from 6.0-8.0 and temps from 15-30 degrees Celsius. As a floating plant, moderate lighting is sufficient for good growth and CO2 injection is unnecessary. Its requirements for light(3+wpg) and CO2(30ppm) are high when grown attached to objects in the aquarium. It also appreciates rich fertilization through the water column, including nitrate, phosphate, potassium, and iron.
When left floating, Riccia will rapidly expand in size as an amorphous mass. In this state, the pruning of Riccia is very straight forward simply remove unwanted amounts from your tank. However, the most popular use of this plant is to grow it attached to rocks or driftwood. To grow Riccia this way, use a hair net and collect a wad of this liverwort under it. Afterwards, take this Riccia filled hair net and wrap around a piece of driftwood or rock. Alternatively, Riccia can also be used as a foreground carpet if the hair nets are weighed down with small stones. When grown this way, this liverwort will require frequent trimming with a pair of scissors since it grows very rapidly and dead areas could form if not enough light is penetrating the mass which would tend to cause the healthy new growth to detach itself and float


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  • 5
    new favorite

    Posted by josh coon on 16th Apr 2015

    Nice and vibrant green on arrival. Growing well. Must have more.

  • 4
    Riccia Flutans

    Posted by Mary-Ann on 29th Mar 2015

    Unusual and pretty little plant. I'll be interested to see how it develops. Put some in both my shrimp bowls.

  • 5

    Posted by christian ruberto on 11th Feb 2015

    Healthy portion. Very very bright green. No brown at all. Looks great in aquarium. Will be ordering more. Best ive seen.

  • 4

    Posted by Paul on 20th May 2013

    I ordered some to use as floating cover. It's my first experience with Riccia, so I was surprised when it broke up into hundreds of tiny leaves to float around. Hard to tell if much is happening yet, but the plant is green and was well packaged. In a few months I hope it starts to clump up and cover more surface area.

  • 4
    crazy plant w/mind of it's own!

    Posted by Kathleen S./NY on 27th Apr 2013

    Always loved this plant, just plop it in and let it do it's thing. This batch went into a tank full of driftwwod, some hornwort, moss, and a few CPO crays. Can't wait to see where it ends up.
    Nice healthy looking portion, thanks guys.