Monte Carlo - Planted Tank Mates

Monte Carlo

2” | Carpet | Easy

Co2: No | Light: Low

Root Feeder

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.

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Description

2” | Carpet | Easy

Co2: No | Light: Low

Root Feeder

2.5” | Foreground | Easy

Co2: No | Light: Low

Column Feeder

6” | Foreground | Easy

Co2: No | Light: Low

Column Feeder

6" | Midground | Easy

Co2: No | Light: Low

Root Feeder

6” | Foreground | Easy

Co2: No | Light: Low

Column Feeder

4” | Midground | Easy

Co2: Low | Light: Medium

Root Feeder

Content

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/

Aegagropila linnaei

Characteristics:

Max Size: 2.5"

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Column Feeder

Composition: Foreground

Parameters

Co2: None

Light Level: Low

Tank Mates

Shrimps can graze on Marimo Moss balls.

Notes

Very slow growing and easy to maintain.  You can rinse to clean and shape it back into a ball with your hands.  Another option is to tear it apart and place on wood, rocks and hardscapes. https://plantedtankmates.com/aquarium-plants-for-beginners/

Subwassertang

Characteristics:

Max Size: 6"

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Column Feeder

Composition: Foreground

Parameters

Co2: None

Light Level: Low

Tank Mates

All community and nano fish like tetras, rasboras, danios, guppies, gouramis and otocinclus.

Dwarf shrimps love this plant!

Notes

Subwassertang is a tangled, ribbon-like moss that's great for shrimp tanks.  Their flat leaves provide lots of surface area to graze and hide.  Like all mosses, it's a column feeding plant that can be tied to hardscape or weighed down, but not buried.

Hemianthus Micranthemoides

Characteristics:

Max Size: 6"

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Root Feeder

Composition: Midground

Parameters

Co2: No

Light Level: Low

Tank Mates

Guppies and shrimp tanks!  Fry and baby shrimp can hide and find shelter.  Pearl Weed is also compatible with most nano community fish, including tetras, rasboras, danios, endlers, gouramis.

Notes

Pearl weed is easy to care for.  It receives its nutrients from the soil and with moderate to high lighting can grow tall.  If you constantly trim the plant, it can grow low and spread, creating a more carpet like appearance.

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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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
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