Aquarium Plants


  • Scientific name: Limnophila sessiliflora
  • Common name: Ambulia
  • Temperature: Between 22ºC and 30ºC
  • pH: Between 6.0 and 8.5
  • Difficulty level: Low
  • Growth, height: Up to 50 cm tall


Ambulia, is a plant of the genus Limnophila , plants highly appreciated in the aquarium, for its size, its intense green color, its great resistance to different conditions, and how easy it is to keep it in the aquarium.
They are ideal plants to place in the middle or bottom of the Amazon or tropical style aquarium .

Interested in the Ambulia? We are going to discuss all its most important characteristics, as well as
all the necessary maintenance details, so that they are in perfect condition:


This plant is truly very popular. The reasons that can be used are varied, but I would say that it has to do with the fact that it is a very leafy plant, and that it has a very intense green color.

Regarding its size, it
can reach 40 or 50 centimeters in height , which makes it an ideal plant to place at the bottom of the aquarium, or in medium areas, depending on the appearance we want to create.

From its erect stem, several internodes emerge, located a centimeter more or less apart between each of them, from where the plant branches with lateral stems, from which the leaves appear, which adopt a position similar to that of a palm tree. .

Personally, what I like the most about its shape is,
how the leaves are arranged like tree tops, overlapping each other and coming together more, as the lighting is more intense.

Distribution and habitat

Ambulia comes from Southeast Asia, specifically from India, where it is considered a pest, due to its ability to reproduce.

It is capable of developing in different environments,
its ability to tolerate different chemical changes in the water, make it an invasive plant, which can live in lakes, streams and stagnant waters.

Aquarium conditions

Limnophila sessiliflora prefers soft and acidic water , although it will also thrive in moderately hard water.

As for
the pH of the water, it must be between 6.0 and 8.5, with a temperature between 22ºC and 30ºC.

We obtain the best results, with temperatures between 24ºC and 27ºC, below or above these limits, growth is slower, which does not have to be bad, since at optimal times it can grow up to 5 cm-weeks.

What it does not admit are temperatures, below 20ºC or higher than 30ºC, since the plant can die.


They need medium to high illumination, which can be between 0.7 to 1.5 watts per liter of water.

According to some aquarists,
monochromatic white light is best for proper growth.

What is easy to observe is that,
if the lighting is more intense, the growth is denser and tighter, while with a weaker lighting, we will observe how the plant becomes more lanky and its vegetation becomes less dense.

Substrate and compost

The substrate on which the Ambulia rests must be composed of fine gravel, which will facilitate its rooting.

This aquarium background must be accompanied by clay and be rich in mineral nutrients, to avoid frequent fertilization.

The plant takes nutrients, both from its roots and from its leaves.

As a fertilizer program, it
is recommended to add special liquid fertilizer for aquarium plants once a week , and once a month, add compost tablets that are buried next to the roots.


It reproduces easily through cuttings.

The simple way is to take a cutting, cutting about four inches from the top of the plant.
We remove the leaves that remain in the lower part, so as not to bury them, then
we put the cutting in the substrate at the bottom of the aquarium.

We will be careful to separate the new cuttings, far enough away from the original plant, so that they do not stick excessively and do not compete for nutrients.

In a few days,
the new Ambulia sapling will begin to create its own root system and a new plant will develop, just as leafy as the previous one.

It is also possible to reproduce by seeds, but for this, the plant must grow above the limit of the aquarium and flourish.


Although it is very easy to multiply and its growth is very strong, it is not convenient to use it in an aquarium with herbivorous fish, because in its growth it is a fragile plant that can break easily.

It is recommended to use in an aquarium with
Guppies and Platys .

It is a relatively easy plant to grow and maintain, suitable for any beginning hobbyist.
Its acclimatization is fast and it grows very well.

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