Brazilian Pennywort - Planted Tank Mates

Brazilian Pennywort

24” | Background | Easy

Co2: None| Light: Low

Column Feeder

Hydrocotyle leucocephala

Characteristics:

Max Size: 24″

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Column Feeder

Composition: Background

Parameters

Co2: Low

Light Low

Tank Mates

Low foreground plants are great for invertebrates and bottom feeders to graze and hide.

Notes

This is a versatile plant that can be planted in the soil or left floating.  It’s easily recognized by its thin stems and round leaves varying from 1 – 2.5″ in diameter.  Though it does not require CO2 or high lighting, it can grow fast and tall when provided with optimal levels of both.  Because the roots shoot from the sides, it’s a great column feeding plant that can help reduce nitrates.

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Description

24” | Background | Easy

Co2: None| Light: Low

Column Feeder

12” | Background | Medium

Co2: Medium | Light: High

Root Feeder

2” | Carpet | Advance

Co2: Yes | Light: High

Root Feeder

16” | Background | Easy

Co2: No | Light: Low

Column Feeder

12” | Background | Easy

Co2: No | Light: Low

Column Feeder

3” | Carpet | Medium

Co2: Yes | Light: High

Root Feeder

Content

Hydrocotyle leucocephala

Characteristics:

Max Size: 24"

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Column Feeder

Composition: Background

Parameters

Co2: Low

Light Low

Tank Mates

Low foreground plants are great for invertebrates and bottom feeders to graze and hide.

Notes

This is a versatile plant that can be planted in the soil or left floating.  It's easily recognized by its thin stems and round leaves varying from 1 - 2.5" in diameter.  Though it does not require CO2 or high lighting, it can grow fast and tall when provided with optimal levels of both.  Because the roots shoot from the sides, it's a great column feeding plant that can help reduce nitrates.

Rotala Rotundifolia

Characteristics:

Max Size: 12″

Care Level: Medium

Nutrient Source: Root Feeder + Water Column

Composition: Background

Parameters

Co2: Medium

Light Level: High

Tank Mates

Great for community fish, shrimp and snails

Notes

Rotala Rotundifolia is actually an easy plant to grow, but getting the red colors involves more CO2, lighting and iron dosing.  Propagating is at easy as trimming the top and replanting in the soil.  A good substrate will help with red colors and growth.

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

Hemianthus callitrichoides

Characteristics:

Max Size: 2"

Care Level: Hard

Nutrient Source: Root Feeder

Composition: Carpet

Parameters

Co2: Grows best with Co2

Light Level: Medium to High

Tank Mates

Great carpet plants.  Good for shrimp and fish laying eggs.

Notes

Dwarf Baby Tears look very similar to Monte Carlo, but smaller and finer in size. Unfortunately, their finer appearance requires a balanced combination of soil, lighting and CO2. They are very demanding initially, but will be less work once established in your tank.

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

Bolbitis heudelotii

Characteristics:

Max Size: 16"

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Column Feeder

Composition: Background

Parameters

Co2: None

Light Level: Low

Tank Mates

Great for nano community fish like tetras, rasboras, danios, mollies, endlers, otocinclus, corydoras, dwarf gouramis.  Avoid larger mid dwellers that may pick on its delicate leaves like cichlids and goldfish.

Notes

Also known as Congo Fern or Bolbitis Narrow Leaf Fern is a column feeding plant.  It has a narrow leaves that branch off on alternating sides of the stem.  Similar to Java Fern, do not bury it deep into the soil as the rhizome can rot.  Lightly bury, weigh it down, or tie it to hardscapes to allow it to grow.  It's a very slow growing plant in low light settings, but can propagate fast with CO2 and moderate lighting, but look out for algae on the leaves.

Microsorum pteropus

Characteristics:

Max Size: 12"

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Column Feeder

Composition: Background

Parameters

Co2: None

Light Level: Low

Tank Mates

Great for community fish and Angelfish, Discus, Gourami, Guppies, Apistogramma

Notes

Java Fern can be plated in soil or tied to rocks and other substrate https://plantedtankmates.com/aquarium-plants-for-beginners/

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.

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