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Salvinia natans Floating Aquarium Plant (Water spangles)


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Salvinia natans is an appealing and attractive floating fern that will grow quickly if given plenty of good light and nutrition. It will naturally multiply and spread on the top of the water.

The leaves are fleshy or spongy to touch and have tiny hairs on them making them water resistant. They are good for preventing algae by shading areas in the aquarium and using up the nutrients in the water.
This is a free floating aquatic plant with long attractive roots that hang and flow below it which is ideal for tanks with fry as the long roots offer protection and shelter.

This plant will need maintaining if you have other aquatic plants below it as it may block out light to them. It is ideal in open-top aquariums or tanks with good ventilation otherwise the leaves may dry up under the lights. This plant is not keen on being splashed with water so avoid placing them from a swift water flow or current.

One portion of this plant comes in a 7.5cm x 2.5cm pot.

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All our products are in stock, ready to ship (unless otherwise stated). Order before 4pm for same day dispatch (Mon-Fri). Prices start at £4.99 for a Tracked 48 Service (up to 5kgs) and £8.99 for Express Delivery via DPD.

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If you choose Express Delivery, we will replace any plants that are damaged due to delays. Express Delivery is a fast, trackable, and reliable option with a one hour delivery window. It also ensures that the plants will arrive in the same condition as when they left our facility. If you choose a different postage option, such as Tracked 24 or Tracked 48, you will not be covered for any damages due to delays and will assume the risk yourself if the plants do not arrive in good condition. Express Delivery includes an insurance policy, which may cost more but provides added peace of mind.

Salvinia natans Floating Plant (Water spangles) - Aqua Essentials
Salvinia natans Floating Aquarium Plant (Water spangles)


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Customer Reviews

Based on 100 reviews

Good quality plants extremely well packaged.

Gillian S.
Delightful plant!

I always love this plant, and it's good to know it also eats algae, if I read it right! It is a charming addition to the tank, in good condition and hopefully will last a while. I love to see how they move across the surface as the fishes swim about.

Plants arrived in poor condition.

Plants arrived in poor condition with brown leaves which later turned black. They didn't survive long even with barely any water flow and being in direct light. I've brought many plants from aqua essentials, and this is the 1st one that arrived like this. Think this could be due to the 2 day postage and not enough light but i'm not sure. The other floating plants brought along with this arrived in excellent condition.

Mark Williams

Plants were great

George Deans

The usual high quality of service , healthy plant deliverd on time

Happy Customer

I recently purchased this plant with a few other plants. It arrived healthy, packed nicely and quick. Really love how it sits in the water.


Very pretty looks good

Maria Kyriacou
Very pleased

Delivered in good time. Came in a small packed plastic pot keeping moisture in. Rinsed in water then placed in tank. Very pleased with these.

Richard K
Quality, quick

Very healthy plants. Packaged well quickly delivered. Although for the first time with Aqua Essentials I did find 3 small black snails in the plants

Thanks for the feedback. Due to the nature of Salvina and the way it is stored there is occasionally a chance of snails. The tissue culture pots are best to guarantee no snails etc.

A Johnstone
Salvinia natans

As usual arrived promptly and well packaged in plastic container. Good quality plants which are thriving in my aquaria.

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