Aquarium Plants Profile: Ammania Senegalensis

 To ask a question about this aquarium plant email: Don Matakis

 Grows to an average height of 16 - 20 inches (MID to BACKGROUND)
 The width of each stem is about 2 to 4 inches, based on leaf growth
 High lighting (3 - 4 watts/gal)
 Optimum growth temperature is 71.6 to 82.4 degrees

Ammania Senegalensis needs nutrient rich water and substrate to do well in the aquarium. The color is almost an orange red, and propagation is by cuttings, which should be at least 10 inches long.

Ammania Senegalensis needs a lot of light to do well. The width of each stem is about 2 to 4 inches, based on leaf growth. The leaf is curved in a downward fashion in an arch.

In order to achieve strong shoots the substrate should be nutrient rich and light intensity high. Five to eight strong specimens can be used for the midground area to help accent the shades of green aquarium plants. Ammania Senegalensis does much better in soft water. Can withstand temps from 53.6 to 86 degrees. Optimum growth temperature is 71.6 to 82.4 degrees.

Ammania Senegalensis requires high lighting (3 - 4 watts/gal) to do well. If kept in low-light tanks the leaves take on a dirty brown color. Separate each stem and plant individually. This will result in better growth and the lower leaves will still receive some light as the this aquarium plant grows taller.

Don's Notes:

My experience with this aquarium plant is that Ammania Senegalensis is a slow grower and does better with frequent water changes. Ammania Senegalensis definitely needs an adequate source of the gas CO2 (carbon dioxide),
and you would need to use use Laterite or substrate nutrient balls or tablets in your aquarium. This aquarium plant can make a stunning addition to any aquarium if grown properly, and of course is considered a red plant of which there are only a few true reds. This plant is not often available from wholesalers, perhaps due to the difficulty in growth, however a fine specimen is a welcome addition to any aquarium.

This aquarium plant originates from the West africa to Southern Africa region, as well as Eastern Africa to Abyssina and lower Egypt.


Don Matakis is the Aquatic Grower & Senior Aquaculturist for

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