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 :

Lilaeopsis brasiliensis

Lilaeopsis brasiliensis from South America can grow very compact, but a “lawn effect” (4-7 cm tall) is only achieved at high light intensity. When planting in the aquarium small clumps (approx. 1/8 pot) should be placed a few centimetres apart to help the plants grow together more quickly. Place in an open position without shading from other plants to ensure good light. Lilaeopsis brasiliensis can be used in garden ponds, and also tolerates low salt concentrations in brackish aquariums.

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

Monosolenium tenerum

Aquarium plant from tissue culture in closed cup.

The Asian Monosolenium tenerum is an attractive liverwort, 2-5 cm high, which looks most like a giant Riccia that simply stays at the bottom, where it forms cushions.

It is a brittle plant, and pieces break off easily, so it is best to place it in the aquarium attached to stones with fishing line or in small clumps among other plants such as Eleocharis.

Once Monosolenium has established itself, it is very undemanding. This plant is mistakenly known as Pelia.

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

 

Bacopa ‘Compact’

This culture form of the stalk plant Bacopa Monnieri is more compact and, under good light conditions, almost a creeping plant. By pinching off all vertical growing shoots, the plant can maintain a low and close growth, since it willingly creates a large number of side shoots.

Furthermore, the plant grows well in the shadow of other plants. Very suitable as a bit higher carpet – or bushy plant in the middle or front of the aquarium. The plant becomes more vertical growing and less compact without CO2 additive and decreased light conditions.

Plant info
Type: Stem
Origin: Cultivar
Growth rate: High
Height: 3 – 10+
Light demand: Low
CO2: Low