Dwarf Sagittaria - Planted Tank Mates

Dwarf Sagittaria

5” | Midground | Easy

Co2: None | Light: Low

Root Feeder

Sagittaria subulata

Characteristics:

Max Size: 5″

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Root Feeder

Composition: Midground

Parameters

Co2: Not Required, but grows faster with

Light Level: Low

Tank Mates

Great for community fish and creates a nice habitat for bottom dwellers.

Notes

Dwarf Sagittaria is one of the easiest aquarium plants for beginners.  They’re hardy and undemanding, sprouting runners in the soil.  You can densify them in the foreground or place them in spots at the midground of your tank.  Providing root tabs will supplement their growth.  Higher CO2 and lighting will grow and spread them rapidly.

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Description

5” | Midground | Easy

Co2: None | Light: Low

Root Feeder

4” | Midground | Easy

Co2: Low | Light: Medium

Root Feeder

3” | Foreground | Advance

Co2: High | Light: High

Root Feeder

4” | Foreground | Easy

Co2: No | Light: Low

Root Feeder

12” | Background | Easy

Co2: No | Light: Low

Column Feeder

2” | Carpet | Easy

Co2: No | Light: Low

Root Feeder

Content

Sagittaria subulata

Characteristics:

Max Size: 5″

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Root Feeder

Composition: Midground

Parameters

Co2: Not Required, but grows faster with

Light Level: Low

Tank Mates

Great for community fish and creates a nice habitat for bottom dwellers.

Notes

Dwarf Sagittaria is one of the easiest aquarium plants for beginners.  They're hardy and undemanding, sprouting runners in the soil.  You can densify them in the foreground or place them in spots at the midground of your tank.  Providing root tabs will supplement their growth.  Higher CO2 and lighting will grow and spread them rapidly.

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

Alternanthera Reineckii "Mini"

Characteristics:

Max Size: 4″

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Root Feeder + Water Column

Composition: Midground

Parameters

Co2: Low

Light Level: Medium

Tank Mates

Great for community fish, shrimp and snails

Notes

"ARM" Alternanthera Reineckii Mini is a dwarf version of Alternanthera Reineckii Rosanervig.  The underside is generally more red and the top yellow, but with proper substrate, lighting, CO2 and iron dosing, this plant can display vibrant red colors.  Their leaves are susceptible to algae, so monitor and trim regularly.

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

Utricularia gramminifolia

Characteristics:

Max Size: 3"

Care Level: Advance

Nutrient Source: Root Feeder

Composition: Foreground

Parameters

Co2: Low - High

Light Level: High

Tank Mates

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

Notes

Utricularia Gramminifolia can be an amazing and bright green carpet in your aquarium, but it must be done right.  They do better in an established tank and perfect conditions can produce white flowers to look like a blooming field.  If not fully stuck in the soil, it can uplift and continue to grow in floating mats. These plants are carnivorous, but won’t chomp on your fishes or shrimp.  It’s mainly a threat to very small crustaceans absorbing its nutrients and protein. 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

Staurogyne repens

Characteristics:

Max Size: 4"

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Root Feeder

Composition: Foreground

Parameters

Co2: None

Light Level: Low

Tank Mates

Most community and nano fish such as tetras, rasboras, danios, mollies.  Bottom feeders like otocinclus, corydoras, shrimps and snails.  Larger fish like African Cichlids OK too.

Notes

Staurogyne Repens, also known as Creeping Staurogyne is an easy plant that does well in low or indirect lighting conditions.  Supplemented with CO2 and root fertilizers, it can creep throughout your substrate and carpet an aquarium.

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/

Micranthemum tweediei

Characteristics:

Max Size: 2"

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Root Feeder

Composition: Carpet, Foreground

Parameters

Co2: Low - none

Light Level: Low

Tank Mates

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

Notes

Monte Carlo is another easy carpet plant, but like most will take a bit of time to establish without CO2. Their roots will go into the soil, but their runners will spread on the surface where new stems will grow. The short and bushy profile makes a great foreground look. Trimmings can be planted right back into the substrate. Compare carpet plant options and select the next one for your planted tank https://plantedtankmates.com/aquarium-plants-for-beginners/
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