Lake Tanganyika plants


Image of Ceratophyllum demersum (commonly called hornwort). Photo from

If you’re looking to set up a Lake Tanganyika biotope tank, complete with flora, your plant options may be a bit limited. The lake is home to numerous plants, however the availability of most is pretty sparse within the hobby. Below you will find a short list (in alphabetic order) of what is probably the most easily accessible plant species for your tank.

  • Ceratophyllum demersum
  • Cyperus alternifolius
  • Cyperus haspan
  • Cyperus papyrus
  • Nymphaea lotus forma
  • ​Pistia stratiotes
  • ​Riccia fluitans

I am quite sure many other species are available but finding them may prove difficult.

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