Pearl Weed - Planted Tank Mates

Pearl Weed

6″ | Midground | Easy

Co2: No | Light: Low

Root Feeder

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.

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Description

6" | Midground | Easy

Co2: No | Light: Low

Root Feeder

7” | Background | Easy

Co2: No | Light: Medium

Column Feeder

3” | Carpet | Easy

Co2: No | Light: Medium

Root Feeder

5” | Foreground | Medium

Co2: Medium | Light: Low

Root Feeder

8” | Background | Easy

Co2: Low | Light: Medium

Root Feeder

12” | Background | Medium

Co2: Medium | Light: High

Root Feeder

Content

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.

Anubias barteri

Characteristics:

Max Size: 7"

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Column Feeder

Composition: Background

Parameters

Co2: None

Light Level: Medium

Tank Mates

Anubias Barteri can be plated in soil or gravel, tied to rocks, driftwood or other substrate

Notes

One of the most popular aquarium plants.  It's very hardy and easy to grow.  It's a column feeder, so no need for expensive soil but do use liquid fertilizer.

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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.

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

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.

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

Alternanthera Reineckii "Mini"

Characteristics:

Max Size: 8″

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Root Feeder + Water Column

Composition: Background

Parameters

Co2: Low

Light Level: Medium

Tank Mates

Great for community fish, shrimp and snails

Notes

"AR" Alternanthera Reineckii Rosanervig is the taller version of Alternanthera Reineckii Mini.  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

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
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