Proserpinaca palustris (Mermaid Weed) - Planted Tank Mates

Proserpinaca palustris (Mermaid Weed)

16” | Background | Medium

Co2: Medium | Light: High

Root Feeder

Proserpinaca palustris

Characteristics:

Max Size: 16″

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

This greenish to orange-red plant has a wide canopy and distinguished saw-tooth edges.  It’s a relatively hardy plant, but with strong lighting and CO2 it can start to show more red colors.

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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Description

16” | Background | Medium

Co2: Medium | Light: High

Root Feeder

8” | Midground | Easy

Co2: None | Light: Low

Root Feeder

16” | Background | Easy

Co2: No | Light: Low

Column Feeder

20” | Background| Easy

Co2: Low | Light: Medium

Root Feeder

12” | Background | Easy

Co2: No | Light: Low

Column Feeder

36” | Background | Easy

Co2: No | Light: Medium

Column Feeder

Content

Proserpinaca palustris

Characteristics:

Max Size: 16″

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

This greenish to orange-red plant has a wide canopy and distinguished saw-tooth edges.  It's a relatively hardy plant, but with strong lighting and CO2 it can start to show more red colors.

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

Cryptocoryne Wendtii

Characteristics:

Max Size: 8″

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Root Feeder

Composition: Midground

Parameters

Co2: Not Required, but grows faster with

Light Level: Low

Tank Mates

Popular midground plant for tetras, rasboras and danios.  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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Bolbitis heudelotii

Characteristics:

Max Size: 16"

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Column Feeder

Composition: Background

Parameters

Co2: None

Light Level: Low

Tank Mates

Great for nano community fish like tetras, rasboras, danios, mollies, endlers, otocinclus, corydoras, dwarf gouramis.  Avoid larger mid dwellers that may pick on its delicate leaves like cichlids and goldfish.

Notes

Also known as Congo Fern or Bolbitis Narrow Leaf Fern is a column feeding plant.  It has a narrow leaves that branch off on alternating sides of the stem.  Similar to Java Fern, do not bury it deep into the soil as the rhizome can rot.  Lightly bury, weigh it down, or tie it to hardscapes to allow it to grow.  It's a very slow growing plant in low light settings, but can propagate fast with CO2 and moderate lighting, but look out for algae on the leaves.

Ludwigia Repens

Characteristics:

Max Size: 20″

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

With proper substrate, lighting, CO2 and iron dosing, this plant can display vibrant red colors.

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

Ceratopteris Thalictroides

Characteristics:

Max Size: 12"

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Column Feeder

Composition: Background

Parameters

Co2: None

Light Level: Low

Tank Mates

Great for nano community fish like tetras, rasboras, danios, mollies, endlers, otocinclus, corydoras, dwarf gouramis.  Popular for guppy and shrimp tanks as they provide shelter for baby shrimp and fry.  Avoid larger mid dwellers that may pick on its delicate leaves like cichlids and goldfish.

Notes

Water Sprite is a versatile plant that can be placed in the background or trimmed to keep low in the midground of your aquarium.   Also known as Indian Water Fern, it's a column feeding plant that can be planted in the soil or left floating in the water.  It's a fast growing plant under medium to high lighting but be cautious of algae growth on its leaves.

Najas guadalupensis

Characteristics:

Max Size: 36"

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Column Feeder

Composition: Midground / Background

Parameters

Co2: None

Light Level: Medium

Tank Mates

Guppies!  Along with any live bearing fish as it provides great hiding spaces for fry.  Most mid and top dwelling community fish like tetras, danios, rasboras, shrimps and snails

Notes

Guppy grass is a fast and easy plant to grow.  It requires very little care and can propagate by simply cutting the stems and replanting it or letting it float.  It's a column feeder that helps absorb excess nutrients in the water and provides great hiding spaces for fry and shrimps.

 
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