Bacopa Caroliniana - Planted Tank Mates

Bacopa Caroliniana

12” | Background | Easy

Co2: No | Light: Medium

Column Feeder

Bacopa Caroliniana

Characteristics:

Max Size: 12″

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Column Feeder

Composition: Midground / Background

Parameters

Co2: None

Light Level: Medium

Tank Mates

Suitable for most tanks, especially tall ones.  They can create great cover for middle and top dwelling fish to swim through.

Notes

Bacopa Caroliniana is sometimes known as Bacopa Red, Lemon Bacopa.  They’re native to the U.S. and is an easy aquarium plant for beginners.  No CO2 is required and low to medium light is sufficient.  Under perfect conditions, they can flower right above the water

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Description

12” | Background | Easy

Co2: No | Light: Medium

Column Feeder

7” | Background | Easy

Co2: No | Light: Medium

Column Feeder

12” | Background | Advance

Co2: High | Light: High

Root Feeder

3” | Carpet | Medium

Co2: Yes | Light: High

Root Feeder

6” | Foreground | Easy

Co2: No | Light: Low

Column Feeder

3” | Carpet | Easy

Co2: No | Light: Medium

Root Feeder

Content

Bacopa Caroliniana

Characteristics:

Max Size: 12"

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Column Feeder

Composition: Midground / Background

Parameters

Co2: None

Light Level: Medium

Tank Mates

Suitable for most tanks, especially tall ones.  They can create great cover for middle and top dwelling fish to swim through.

Notes

Bacopa Caroliniana is sometimes known as Bacopa Red, Lemon Bacopa.  They're native to the U.S. and is an easy aquarium plant for beginners.  No CO2 is required and low to medium light is sufficient.  Under perfect conditions, they can flower right above the water

https://plantedtankmates.com/aquarium-plants-for-beginners/

Anubias barteri

Characteristics:

Max Size: 7"

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Column Feeder

Composition: Background

Parameters

Co2: None

Light Level: Medium

Tank Mates

Anubias Barteri can be plated in soil or gravel, tied to rocks, driftwood or other substrate

Notes

One of the most popular aquarium plants.  It's very hardy and easy to grow.  It's a column feeder, so no need for expensive soil but do use liquid fertilizer.

https://plantedtankmates.com/aquarium-plants-for-beginners/

Rotala Macrandra

Characteristics:

Max Size: 12″

Care Level: Advance

Nutrient Source: Root Feeder + Water Column

Composition: Background

Parameters

Co2: High

Light Level: High

Tank Mates

Great for community fish, shrimp and snails

Notes

Rotala Macrandra provides outstanding red colors, but it is very demanding when it comes to nutrients.  The conditions must be perfect which includes a good substrate, iron and trace dosing, high lighting and CO2.  The PH for this plant should not exceed 7.0 as it prefers softer and acidic waters. 

Read more about how to maintain Red Aquarium Plants See the diagrams on how you can setup CO2 for your aquarium

Eleocharis Acicularis

Characteristics:

Max Size: 3"

Care Level: Medium

Nutrient Source: Root Feeder

Composition: Carpet

Parameters

Co2: Grows best with Co2

Light Level: Medium to High

Tank Mates

Great carpet plant.  Creates a lush looking lawn

Notes

Dwarf Hairgrass look like Microswords but are much more thin and fine in appearance. These can create a nice and compact grass appearance in any foreground. Without CO2, they will grow much slower and a little sparse. Strong lighting will help it densify and fine soil will prevent uprooting.

Compare carpet plant options and select the next one for your planted tank

See the diagrams on how you can setup CO2 for your aquarium

Taxiphyllum barbieri

Characteristics:

Max Size: 6"

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Column Feeder

Composition: Background

Parameters

Co2: None

Light Level: Low

Tank Mates

Shrimps can graze and keep Java moss clean of algae.  In return, baby fry love to nest and hide in it.

Notes

As the name states, Java Moss is actually a moss and is a type of plant that has no roots. Their nutrients do not come from the substrate but rather the water column. This is probably one of the most hardy and versatile plant species you can ever grow. You can tie or glue them to rocks and wood and let them create a nice foreground. Some will tie them to shaped mesh and mimic a carpet appearance on the ground.

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Lilaeopsis brasiliensis

Characteristics:

Max Size: 3"

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Root Feeder

Composition: Carpet and Foreground

Parameters

Co2: Optional

Light Level: Medium to High

Tank Mates

Great carpet plant.  Creates a lush looking lawn.  Closely resembles grass

Notes

Microsword is one of the easiest carpet plants for beginners.  They’re relatively hardy and look like real lawn grass.  Plant clusters about 1.5” - 2” apart and allow them to infill.  They have runners that spread over the surface and shoot roots down into the substrate.  When planting, angle into the substrate at a diagonal to minimize uplifting.

Compare carpet plant options and select the next one for your planted tank See the diagrams on how you can setup CO2 for your aquarium
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