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

6" | Midground | Easy

Co2: No | Light: Low

Root Feeder

2” | Carpet | Advance

Co2: Yes | Light: High

Root Feeder

6” | Foreground | Easy

Co2: No | Light: Low

Column Feeder

6” | Foreground | Easy

Co2: None | Light: Low

Root Feeder

5” | Foreground | Medium

Co2: Medium | Light: Low

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/

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.

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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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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Cryptocoryne Petchii

Characteristics:

Max Size: 6″

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Root Feeder

Composition: Foreground

Parameters

Co2: Not Required, but grows faster with

Light Level: Low

Tank Mates

Popular foreground plant for shrimps, snails and bottom feeders.  Avoid fish that may shift the soil or uproot it.

Notes

Easy growing plant that's expected to melt in the initial stages of planting underwater.  Feed it root tabs and occasionally supplement with liquid fertilizers including Iron which can help promote coloration.

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Hydrocotyle tripartita

Characteristics:

Max Size: 5"

Care Level: Medium

Nutrient Source: Root Feeder

Composition: Foreground

Parameters

Co2: Low - Medium

Light Level: Low

Tank Mates

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

Notes

Hydrocotle Japan make great foreground and midground plants.  The clover-like appearance of this plant creates a unique carpet experience.  It’s very hardy, undemanding and can quickly cover your foreground.  High lighting will help this plant grow low and spread.  Insufficient lighting will have the clovers reaching for the sky.  CO2 again will help with density and compactness.

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