Aquatic plants, from the producer to your discus aquarium


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A sudden desire takes you to install some plants in your discus Aquarium?

Towards your favorite store, ready to buy Echinodorus and other Anubias

But did you ever asked yourself where could come these aquarium plants? I propose you to follow me to the Netherlands discover the aquatic plants of the producer AQUAFLEUR .

From the plant potted, to the Microsorum on root, Discover hundreds of square meters of greenhouses dedicated to the aquatic universe and vegetation…

postcard landscape of Netherlands

Typical landscape of the Netherlands, crops specialist of plants of all kinds


Feet mother of aquarium plants (2)

Partial view of the production greenhouses


Take the aquatic plants of the producer Aquafleur


As you will notice below, the plants you used to see under water are produced mostly emerged (out of the water). For some species, the cutting is the propagation method well known by aquarists.

Regularly the producer performs cuttings of 6/8 cm which will be placed in small plastic pot lined with rockwool.

The plants (mother plant) provide little cuttings that seek to grow.


Aquatic plants producer Aquafleur: feet mother Feet mother of aquarium plants (1)

Plants (mother plants) regularly cut


Propagation of aquarium plants (2) Propagation of aquarium plants (1)

Cuttings are planted by hand one by one


Propagation of aquarium plants (3)

The plants are washed before being stored on roll


Aquarium plants ready for cultivation

Plants ready to join the production greenhouses


Hundreds of Echinodorus mother plants


Another method of multiplication is to collect keikis (small new plants) which grow on some mother plants such as the Echinodorus.


Keikis feet on mother Echinodorus (2)

Keikis feet on mother Echinodorus (1)

Seedlings that will be collected for future cultures


Some mother plants of’Echinodorus are of a size that few aquarists can suspect!

I invite you to enjoy the size of these plants with the photo that I have taken of Olivier and Yannick from the Belgian store L'aquarium Lillois. You will find on the website of L'Aquarium Lillois in Witterzee all schedules and informations to go there.

Two professional aquarists who have fish in their skin!


Foot mother Echinodorus (1) Foot mother Echinodorus (2)

Mother plants of Echinodorus


Size mother Echinodorus feet

Our Belgian Olivier and Yannick friends before a beautiful massifs


Tattoo fish forearm

Wonderfull tattoo!


Anubias and Microsorum on roots


Popular for hobbyists, the Microsorum and Anubias remain of aquatic plants who thrive rather well of discus aquariums to discus. (Remember you one of these Planted Aquarium in Duisburg)

Fixed on roots, These plants have the advantage to be easily changed place during cleaning of the aquarium. Their beauty is indisputable.

As a first step the Anubias are grown in pots. Then, when their size allows, they are fixed on their support which will be here a root.


Culture d'anubias Aquafleur

Thousands of pots of Anubias waiting to be fixed on their support


Anubias sur racine

Plants newly fixed on root


It goes the same with the Microsorum.

The moss are also added, giving a natural and very successful record!

Without a doubt one of the specialties of’AQUAFLEUR.


Java moss and root on microsorum Moss to grow on root

Java moss on root

Superb moss on roots


Microsorum and anubias on root

Microsorum and Java moss on root

The "end product"

Anubias and microsorum on root


From the producer Aquafleur to your discus tank


Once reached their marketable sizes , the plants are selected and prepared for shipment.

One by one the plants are prepared and rinsed before integrating the room where boxes will be prepared.


Serre preparation for shipment of aquarium plants (2)

Preparation of plants before joining the shipping room


Serre preparation for shipment of aquarium plants (1)

Final checks before the big departure


The plants will be sent to stores and available to aquarists.

They will join discus aquariums of thousands hobbyist and no doubt your discus Aquarium


Our tour stops here… I hope you enjoyed this report. It only remains for me to thank the company AQUAFLEUR who have opened its doors for us.

You can continue your visit on AQUAFLEUR website (Videos available)

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About Author

Discus Breeder and Discus columnist, Yann Hoiret share on the website Fanatik-Discus his experience and passion for the King of aquariums. From 2014 He worked as a writer for the french magazine "AquaMag", the German magazines "Discus Live" and "Discus yearbook". He participated as an international judge in France Discus show 2014 and 2016 in Arvert, au Greek Discus Show 2014 in Athens, Discus Show in Paris Grigny 2015, 2017 and 2019, au FIDO concurso 2016, 2017 and 2018 Spain, au Nordic Discus Show 2018 Sweden, au France Discus Show 2018 Cognac, Discusvrienden the discus competition 2018, 2019, 2022 in the Netherlands.


  1. Stéphane on

    Beautiful reportage Yann,

    I had already seen methodes of culture of Tropica and I found that the emergent culture was mind blowing. I dare not imagine the humidity inside greenhouses.
    I think that we will better understand how it could be hard for our plants recently purchased to adapt to their new life under water.

  2. Yann Hoiret on

    Good evening,

    Thank you Stéphane!

    Yes indeed, plants must adapt to the aquatic life. But this happens generally rather well.

    Take care, and good surfing on the website! 🙂


  3. Anne Cyrene on

    I realized that I had a breeding pair….second spawn is done, and begin to hatch….I have two other small Discus in the aquarium….I believe that I have to isolate the pair to reproduce….before equip me, any advices ?

    A rookie who live in Quebec in the Canada !

  4. Yann Hoiret on

    Hello Anne! a cousin from Quebec! 😉

    First congratulations! It is still a wonderful show that our discus offer us when they reproduce…
    You are right, to put all the chances on your side, you will need you a bit of equipment.
    An aquarium of 100 litres, adapted filtration, some tools to control water like a pH test, nitrate test and a conductivity meter.
    I do not know how is the water where you live, but there are chances that you need a reverse osmosis unit (?).
    Do not forget that reproduction is a thing… raise the young is another! you will need the necessary number of aquariums to grow small discus! 🙂

    I wish you good luck with your fish! and if you need, do not hesitate to contact me, If I can help you, It will be with pleasure.

    Yann 🙂

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