Floating salvinia (Salvinia natans) – small fern floating on water, a member of the family Salvinia (Salviniaceae).
Natural habitat Salvinia floating – Water basins of North Africa, Europe and Western Asia. It is also found on the territory of Russia in the Volga, Dnieper, Kuban and Don regions.
Floating salvinia not capricious in content and therefore widespread among aquarists. it floating plant attracts the attention of bright green rounded leaves about one and a half centimeters long, arranged in pairs in verticils on a long branched stalk.
On top of the leaves are covered with “warts” with a bunch of short hairs on the top, and below – thick brown thin hairs. In nature salvinia seasonal annual plant, dying in winter and sprouting from spores in the spring. In favorable conditions aquarium The plant will be pleasing to the eye throughout the year.
Bred salvinia floating not only as a decor aquarium, but also as an excellent natural shader for other plants that prefer diffused light. In addition, the “living carpet” serves as a shelter for fry and spawning for fish.
For content salvinia floating tropical or moderately warm aquarium. Special requirements for conditions content not presented.
Reaction to acidity and water hardness does not matter: aquarium plant grows normally in soft and hard water. Recommended water temperature in aquarium must be at least 24 ° C. However, at 20 ° C salvinia slows down, but does not stop at all, and the leaves become shallow.
It is recommended to regularly replace the water in the aquarium. As a means of artificial lighting in the aquarium phytolamps with a capacity of 3 W / liter, as well as fluorescent lamps are recommended.
In the case of incandescent bulbs, their power should be small so as not to overdry the air.
Floating salvinia multiplies and spores, and stem shoots. In conditions aquarium the only method of reproduction is vegetative.
Separated from the plant stem with several leaves in favorable conditions will give rise to a new plant.