Frogbit - Planted Tank Mates

Frogbit

2.5” | Floating | Easy

Co2: No | Light: Low

Limnobium Laevigatum

Characteristics:

Max Size: 2.5″

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Column Feeder

Composition: Floating

PH: 6 – 7.5

Parameters

Co2: None

Light Level: Low

Tank Mates

Shrimp, snails, guppies, gouramis, betta, tetras, rasboras, danios

Notes

Frogbit is one of the most hardy and easy floating plants.  Under high lighting, it grows fast and extends its roots several inches into the water column.  Shrimp love to rest on the roots and baby fry love to hide in the plants.  The floating nature provide some shade and coverage while slowing down surface water movement.  Be sure Duckweed does not overgrow and labyrinth fish have some areas to come up and breathe.

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Description

2.5” | Floating | Easy

Co2: No | Light: Low

20” | Background | Easy

Co2: None | Light: Low

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

4” | Midground | Easy

Co2: No | Light: Medium

Column Feeder

Content

Limnobium Laevigatum

Characteristics:

Max Size: 2.5"

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Column Feeder

Composition: Floating

PH: 6 - 7.5

Parameters

Co2: None

Light Level: Low

Tank Mates

Shrimp, snails, guppies, gouramis, betta, tetras, rasboras, danios

Notes

Frogbit is one of the most hardy and easy floating plants.  Under high lighting, it grows fast and extends its roots several inches into the water column.  Shrimp love to rest on the roots and baby fry love to hide in the plants.  The floating nature provide some shade and coverage while slowing down surface water movement.  Be sure Duckweed does not overgrow and labyrinth fish have some areas to come up and breathe.

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Echinodorus amazonicus

Characteristics:

Max Size: 20″

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: In soil - Root Feeder

Composition: Background

Parameters

Co2: Not Required

Light Level: Low to Medium

Tank Mates

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

Notes

Oscars, Cichlids, Goldfish and Plecos may damage swords

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

Vesicularia montagnei

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

Christmas moss is a great alternative to Java Moss.  It's another rootless plant where nutrients are not absorbed 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.

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Araceae

Characteristics:

Max Size: 4"

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Column Feeder

Composition: Midground

Parameters

Co2: None

Light Level: Medium

Tank Mates

Most community and nano fish like tetras, rasboras, danios, guppies, gouramis and cherry barbs.  They do well with bottom feeders like otocinclus, shrimps and snails.

Notes

Bucephalandra comes in several varieties including Wavy Green, Brown and Deep purple.  When fertilization is right, they can sprout little  flowers.  They can be treated similar to Anubias plants.  They can be tied to rocks, driftwood or wedged between hardscapes.  It's a column feeding plant so don't bury it too deep in soil or the rhizome can rot.

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