UG - Utricularia gramminifolia - Planted Tank Mates

UG – Utricularia gramminifolia

3” | Foreground | Advance

Co2: High | Light: High

Root Feeder

Utricularia gramminifolia

Characteristics:

Max Size: 3″

Care Level: Advance

Nutrient Source: Root Feeder

Composition: Foreground

Parameters

Co2: Low – High

Light Level: High

Tank Mates

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

Notes

Utricularia Gramminifolia can be an amazing and bright green carpet in your aquarium, but it must be done right.  They do better in an established tank and perfect conditions can produce white flowers to look like a blooming field.  If not fully stuck in the soil, it can uplift and continue to grow in floating mats. These plants are carnivorous, but won’t chomp on your fishes or shrimp.  It’s mainly a threat to very small crustaceans absorbing its nutrients and protein.

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Description

3” | Foreground | Advance

Co2: High | Light: High

Root Feeder

4” | Midground | Easy

Co2: Low | Light: Medium

Root Feeder

6” | Foreground | Easy

Co2: No | Light: Low

Column Feeder

6" | Midground | Easy

Co2: No | Light: Low

Root Feeder

8” | Background | Easy

Co2: Low | Light: Medium

Root Feeder

3” | Foreground | Easy

Co2: None | Light: Low

Root Feeder

Content

Utricularia gramminifolia

Characteristics:

Max Size: 3"

Care Level: Advance

Nutrient Source: Root Feeder

Composition: Foreground

Parameters

Co2: Low - High

Light Level: High

Tank Mates

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

Notes

Utricularia Gramminifolia can be an amazing and bright green carpet in your aquarium, but it must be done right.  They do better in an established tank and perfect conditions can produce white flowers to look like a blooming field.  If not fully stuck in the soil, it can uplift and continue to grow in floating mats. These plants are carnivorous, but won’t chomp on your fishes or shrimp.  It’s mainly a threat to very small crustaceans absorbing its nutrients and protein. 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: 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

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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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.

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

Cryptocoryne Parva

Characteristics:

Max Size: 3″

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Root Feeder

Composition: Foreground + Carpet

Parameters

Co2: Not Required, but grows faster with

Light Level: Low

Tank Mates

Great for community fish and creates a nice habitat for bottom dwellers.

Notes

Very slow growing plant.  They tend to melt when first introduced underwater.  New sprouts will grow over time.  Algae can grow on their leaves, so keeping them in partial shade is OK.  Supplement with root feeders to keep them healthy and thriving.

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