Helanthium ‘Quadricostatus’

Echinodorus ‘Quadricostatus’ from South America has characteristic light-green leaves 10-15 cm long which form a good contrast to the darker aquarium plants. It is most beautiful when planted in groups, each roset becoming 15-20 cm wide. In good conditions it produces runners which spread over the bottom. Very light leaves are a sign of a shortage of micro-nutrients. There is some confusion about the name of this plant, and it has been sold as Echinodorus bolivianus var. magdalenensis.

Previously known as Echinodorus ‘Quadricostatus’.

Plant info
Type: Rosulate
Origin: South America
Growth rate:
Height: 10 – 15+
Light demand:
CO2 :

Vesicularia dubyana ‘Christmas’

A moss speciality from Brasil, 1-3 cm tall, called “Christmas tree moss”, because of its side branch structure which distinguishes it from ordinary Vesicularia dubyana and looks like fir tree branches.
It is more demanding than ordinary Java moss and grows more slowly. It attaches readily to roots and stones, and as it spreads in the water it needs pruning to keep its shape attractive. See also Taxiphyllum barbieri.

Plant info
Type: Moss
Origin: South America
Growth rate: Medium
Height: 3 – 5+
Light demand: Medium
CO2 :

Hygrophila costata

This plant originates from South America and stems become 25-60 cm long with 10 cm long leaves. Under water Hygrophila costata has relatively narrow leaves which are grouped close together. Plants sold in the shops are normally cultivated above water, and have rounder leaves with larger gaps between them.
Hygrophila costata was called Hygrophila corymbosa ‘Angustifolia’ until recently.

Plant info
Type: Stem
Origin: South America
Growth rate:
Height: 20 – 30+
Light demand: Medium
CO2 :

Alternanthera reineckii ‘Pink’

Large motherplant, grown in a 9 cm square pot.

The purple colour underneath leaves of Alternanthera reineckii ‘Pink’ from South America provides an effective contrast to the many green plants in an aquarium – particularly when planted in groups. Stems becomes 25-50 cm tall. Good light encourages the leaves to turn red. Easy to propagate by nipping off the terminal bud and planting it in the substrate. This also makes the mother plant more bushy, because more side shoots are formed.

Plant info
Type: Stem
Origin: South America
Growth rate: Medium
Height: 20 – 30+
Light demand: Medium
CO2: Medium