Difficulty: Moderate to difficult
Type: Carpeting stem plant
Size: 2.5cm height, 5 - 10cm width
Position and Usage: Foreground, carpeting
Growth Rate: Fast
Water Conditions: pH 5-7, 22-33°C, soft to moderately hard water
Special requirements: For the perfect carpet, regular nitrate, phosphate, iron, and CO2 supplementation
Found in the bogs and swamps of Australia and New Zealand, Glossostigma elatinoides is a popular choice for the Japanese-inspired aquascape. It has small, tongue-shaped leaves and is bright green in coloration. One of the smallest aquarium plants, with adequate lighting and proper nutrient supplementation this plant will grow as a thick carpet across the substrate. Taller plants must be supervised to ensure that they do not shade G. elatinoides, as inadequate lighting will result in sparse, upward growth. CO2 supplementation will promote runner development. As it grows, G. elatinoides should be trimmed to keep it short and dense. This care will ensure that your plant is a lush addition to any tank, regardless of your aquascape’s size or design.