Aquarium Plants

Dwarf Baby Tears

Dwarf Baby Tears (Hemianthus callitrichoides): Care Guide

Dwarf Baby Tears (Hemianthus callitrichoides) is a semi-aquatic plant in the Linderniaceae family. They are also known as Water Starwort, and they can be found in the West Indies. This includes Cuba, Puerto Rico, and The Bahamas. This plant is believed to have been first collected by Holger Windeløv and Eusebio Canicio Delgado Pérez in 2003 in Las Pozas, Cuba. With their lush green cluster of leaves, Hemianthus callitrichoides began to hit the retail shelves in the United States in 2008. Nowadays they can be found in most stores such as Home Depot and Walmart, as well as online retailers such as Amazon and Etsy. If shopping online, you want to be particularly careful you are purchasing the correct Dwarf Baby Tears, as dwarf baby tears can sometimes be mistaken for Monte Carlo.

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Subwassertang (Lomariopsis Lineata): Ultimate Care Guide

When first looking at the pronunciation of Subwassertang (Lomariopsis Lineata), it’s essential to know that the word stems from the German words “süßwasser” and “tang,” which means “freshwater” “seaweed.” Subwassertang has been a popular aquarium plant since its discovery in the early 2000s. Ever since Christel Kesselman propagated it and gave it out to some fellow aquarists, which then became the new must-have plant, how it got into her aquarium originally is still unknown.

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Java Moss (Taxiphyllum barbieri)

Java Moss Care Guide: Growing a Carpet in Aquarium & More

Java Moss is perfect for beginner fish keepers wishing to introduce this moss into their aquarium. Experimenting with where to place this moss can be interesting, as their rhizoids allow them to attach to any surface, granted this makes controlling its growth somewhat difficult. A tank size of at least 5 gallons (19 L) is needed, but depending on how often Java Moss is pruned and whether more than two moss are planted, their growth will need to be accommodated with a 10 gallon (38 L) tank. Low fluorescent or LED lights are recommended for Java Moss, as they do not require bright lights, especially as this will spur algae reproduction.

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Hydrocotyle Tripartita

Hydrocotyle Tripartita Care: Ultimate Guide

Hydrocotyle tripartita is best planted as a carpeting plant as it hugs the foreground and sends out runners on a daily basis. If the lighting in the tank is low, the plant could end up stretching up the tank walls; this will only happen with consistent low light conditions. Medium to high light conditions will result in lush growth. While some sources recommend compressing the plant to promote carpeting, this isn’t necessary, especially if a mat is placed in the tank where the plant is established. When new growth is starting to get out of control, pruning when necessary will ensure healthy and controllable growth. Injecting C02 will result in faster and more manageable growth.

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rotala rotundifolia

Rotala Rotundifolia: Care, Light, Growth & Varieties

Rotala Rotundifolia is an easy plants to grow because they are adaptable to a wide range of water conditions and lighting environments. It is popular amongst aquascapers because it is easy to propagate and has vibrant coloration. In fact, you will want to make sure that you are keeping an eye on your Rotala Rotundifolia and trimming it down to the desired length and shape as it can grow too much and overtake the aquarium once it is well established.

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red root floater

Red Root Floater Care Guide (Phyllanthus Fluitans)

Even though Red Root Floater is a beautiful low maintenance plant, it still has some specific requirements, especially while it is growing and establishing itself in a new environment. First, Red Root Floaters require a good amount of light to thrive. The proper growing light must be regulated based on the type of water. Soft water environment requires less light, and hard water needs more light

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Ludwigia Arcuata

Ludwigia Arcuata Care Guide (Needle Leaf Ludwigia)

Ludwigia arcuata is an easy plant to care for and requires moderate to high lighting requirements, basic fertilization, and can crow emersed or submersed. It is a good plant for a beginner who is just starting their aquarium and doesn’t want any plants that significant specialized care.
The ludwigia arcuata will thrive under moderate to high lighting, though it will grow redder with higher light. It grows in temperatures between 20-28°C/68-82°F and a pH level of 5.5-8. These are both standard levels for most aquariums, so just keep an eye out that your aquarium stays within these levels.

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Water Wisteria

Water Wisteria Care Guide (Hygrophila difformis)

Water Wisteria (hygrophila difformis) is notorious for being an easy plant. It simply asks for a few basic things, regular pruning is the most critical requirement, and thankfully, this plant is gracious when it comes to lighting requirements and can grow in an array of settings. While it is best to provide medium to high lighting to ensure healthy and lush growth, it can survive with only a few hours of artificial LED light or natural light a day. When looking for the best type of substrate, Substrates that contain large grains aren’t an optimal choice when planting water wisteria.

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