Size: 5 - 10cm in height
Position and Usage: Foreground placement
Growth rate: High
Lighting: 3/5 - 4/5
Water Conditions: 18 - 24°C, pH of 6.0 to 7.0
CO2: Not required
Hydrocotyle tripartita is a low-growing, carpet variety that will thrive in the well-lit foreground of a tank. Native to South East Asia and commonly referred to as Hydrocotyle ‘Japan’, it is an easily-grown and easily-propagated variety well-suited to beginner hobbyists.
With adequate lighting, H. tripartita will grow in lush, compact clusters. The clusters may multiply quickly, sending out runners from vertical stems. These stems sport small, almost clover-shaped leaves that are a vibrant, fresh green color.
In low-lighting, this plant may grow in a vertical, vine-like manner. Although CO2 supplementation will promote growth, it is not necessary to plant viability. Runner growth may result in creeping or overhanging shoots, and hobbyists may want to consider regular trimming to prevent both unruly expansion and lower-leaf die off.