Elodea leafy (Elodea Densa) – aquarium plant of the Vodokrasovye family (Hydrocharitaceae).
Habitat elodey leafy – reservoirs of Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay.
Stalk at elodey leafy long, resembling lace, branched. The color and size of the plant depends on the conditions created in aquarium.
The leaves are arranged in whorls of 4-6 pieces. The sheet plate is large, up to 5 cm long and up to a half centimeter wide, linear shape. The shade of leaf color ranges from light to bright green.
In size elodia leafy reaches up to 70 cm. The root system of this aquarium plants poorly developed. The flowers of the plant are white, large, with three petals, which appear in the summer.
Elodea leafy in some areas of habitat it is known as a dioecious plant, in other areas there are plants that contain both male and female flowers, and in Europe there are plants with only male flowers.
AT content elodey leafy unpretentious, prefers cold and moderately warm aquariums. It feels most comfortable in water with such parameters: the reaction is neutral or weakly acidic, the rigidity is from 8 to 20 °, the temperature is 15-26 ° C.
The plant will actively release oxygen in bright light. As sources of artificial lighting suitable incandescent or fluorescent type LB. The power of light sources is selected individually for each aquarium.
For elodey leafy direct sunlight is also very useful. During the whole year it grows well, evenly.
Breeds elodey leafy cuttings that can be planted in the ground, and leave floating in the water column.