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Limnophila sessiliflora
Dwarf Ambulia

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Photo Credit: Gianmarco Bertaccini

Name: Limnophila sessiliflora
Origin: Southeast Asia

Care Gravel Light
Medium Plain Medium


I started off with 3 cm of this plant and now it's grown from one end of my 120 cm tank to the other end in about 3 months. Great plant!

Contributed by Chay

Ambulia is an excellent plant for beginner aquariums and established tanks. I planted a 15 cm clipping from a friend's tank in my 75 liter tank two days after establishing the aquarium. Not only did it survive, it has grown 15 cm to the top of the tank in 1 week. Despite its sparseness it can be a good plant for fish to swim through and hide in, given that you have enough of it.

Contributed by Ryan Parenteau

L. sessifolia grows like crazy! It also puts out roots from high up on the stem, so you can prune the stems and replant them. For maintenance pruning, be ruthless, and chop the plant down to 3-5 cm. It will regrow very quickly. Dwarf gouramis will nibble and pulp this plant for material in their bubble-nests.

Contributed by Mark

This plant is a very beautiful one that smaller fish such as convict fry will use to hide in. It seems to grow under most conditions, so no special priorities need to be made. The best thing about this plant is that if you want multiple amounts of it, you need not buy any more than one. It will grow very rapidy towards the top of the tank. All you need to do is cut a piece of the plant (about 10 cm) and make a clone. This piece will grow once planted in its new location, no problem. That is how I have this type of plant in my aqarium. I just cloned a piece from my friend's tank and then "POOF" I have a free extremely hardy and nice looking plant growing in my tank.

Contributed by Ryan Rayner

This plant is amazing. With no special care and just a basic sand substrate, this plant has half filled my 120 L tank in about 4 weeks from the initial 3 cm diameter pot I bought. I've been taking weekly cuttings and replanting. The roots establish in no time. You need never buy another plant.

Contributed by Jon Swallow

This is a very easy plant to grow with medium light. I have very hard water and other plants have struggled, but this grows like crazy. I especially like the orange crowns when it gets close to the surface. My only warning is that it will need weekly pruning with 0.7+ W/L and CO2 or Flourish Excel.

Contributed by Andrew Nick

This does in fact grow fast. It grew too fast for me and I was constantly cutting it back. For a low-tech tank, I think it would be a great choice. If you have high light and pressurized CO2, I caution that it will require a lot of trimming to keep it in check.

Contributed by Andrew Nick

This is a fine plant to have. Here is some advice on how to keep it in great condition. Since I am using it as a background plant in my 350 L “Dutch” aquarium that is 60 cm tall, I discovered that pruning the plant makes it less appealing. Instead, plant several plants in one or more pots (add some gravel fertilizer – makes plant much stronger and bigger) and put the pot (or pots) wherever you like. Now you can treat it like every other stem plant without having to cut of its top. It is much easier to get the pot out of aquarium, shorten the lower parts of stems and repot it again than planting it in aquarium gravel every time. One more thing… Occasionally, leave it to grow over the surface of the water for a few days and then repot it. The result is that you will have a beautiful dense bush that resembles cabomba, but is much easier to grow and maintain.

Contributed by Aleksandar Potkonjak

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