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Sagittaria subulata EMERSED/POTTED Dwarf Sag

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Care Level: Easy
Water Conditions: 6.5-7.5 pH, and Soft to Medium Hard
Lighting Requirements: Moderate
Temperature: 72 to 82 ºF (22-28 ºC)
Maximum Size: 12 Inches (30.5 cm)

The dwarf sagittaria (Sagittaria subulata) is a commonly

Growing dwarf sagittaria is relatively easy, and this is one of the few plants that can tolerate very high pH and hard water conditions. It should be planted in a nutrient rich substrate, or the water column should be regularly fertilized. It is especially sensitive to low levels of iron, and any yellowing of the leaves normally means an iron deficiency. 

While it appreciates the addition of CO2 to the aquarium, it will still thrive in a tank that doesn’t have any CO2 supplementation. If CO2 isn’t added to the aquarium, you should consider providing it with higher lighting to encourage growth.

Dwarf sagittaria spreads through runners, and can form the much sought after carpet effect in the home aquarium. It should be planted in the foreground of a tank, though well-tended plants can also be placed in the background, since they can grow up to 12 inches (30.5 cm) in height. Occasionally, if kept in excellent conditions, it may send small white flowers to the surface of the water.


Dwarf sagittaria only requires moderate lighting, but it will do best when provided with high lighting. If it is kept under high lighting for any extended period of time, it will bring out a tinge of red in the leaves.

Ideally any tank containing dwarf sagittaria should be lit with fluorescent lights, and either T5 or T8 bulbs will do. A minimum of 3 watts per gallon should be provided, although it will grow far better under higher lighting.

sold as 3-4 plants

(Rec Retail $12.00)