Set Box of 12 Aquarium Plants - Tei seicho

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The word Tei seicho means low growing in Japanese and this is the inspiration of this particular set box of 12 plants. There are 6 varieties and scrolling below details what they are.

What you see in this mixed box is exactly what you get.

2 x Lilaeopsis novea-zealandie

2 x Helanthium bolivianum

2 x Micranthemum Monte-Carlo - #1 Carpeting Plant

2 x Pogostemon helferi (Little Star)

2 x Hemianthus callitrichoides (Baby Tears)

2 x Glossostigma elatinoides

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2 XGlossostigma elatinoidesGlossostigma elatinoides

Glossostigma elatinoides from New Zealand is much in demand in Japanese-inspired aquariums. It is one of the smallest aquarium plants (2-3 cm tall), and thus a good foreground plant. A difficult plant demanding a lot of light. Grows upwards if light is poor. Make sure larger plants do not overshadow it. When planting in the aquarium small clumps (approx. 1/8 pot) should be placed at intervals of a few centimetres to help the plants grow together more quickly. CO2 addition and soft water promote growth significantly. 

2 XMicranthemum Monte Carlo - #1 carpeting aquarium plantMicranthemum Monte Carlo - #1 carpeting aquarium plant

Micranthemum 'Monte-Carlo' is found in cooler waters of Europe and has round and fresh green leaves. Larger than Hemianthus but smaller than Micromanthum umbrosum - it's a super foreground plant and VERY EASY TO GROW. In fact so easy, it's suitable for beginners who have never grown any plants before.

It's very forgiving and best to plant in groups and it's happy to grow under lower light and be shaded (most unusual). Will do better with liquid carbon (like Neutro CO2).

1 pot is sufficient for an area of 15x15cm so bear this in mind when working out how many pots you need. Each pot can be split up into 6 sections and then spread throughout that 15x15cm area.

2 XHemianthus callitrichoides (Baby Tears) - carpeting plantHemianthus callitrichoides (Baby Tears) - carpeting plant

One of the most popular planted aquarium plants, this little beauty will transform your tank. Hemianthus callitrichoides originates from Cuba and is one of the smallest aquarium plants. With round leaves that are only millimeter's in size.

If planted in clumps a few cm's apart it will spread rapidly creating a carpet look over the bottom. It is not a difficult plant, but it requires good conditions such as enough light, added CO2, water circulation and fertilizer to thrive. If these conditions are hard to create, you may use Micranthemum ‘Monte-Carlo’ as an alternative, as it is less demanding. 

Small pearls or bubbles of oxygen are often produced on top of the plants, adding a very lively aspect to the carpet.

If planted in small clumps a few centimetres apart, it will spread rapidly and cover the bottom like a carpet. Trim the carpet regularly, otherwise the lower parts will not get enough light causing root death.

1 pot per 15x15cm area. Split each pot into 12 and leave 10mm of rockwool at the bottom of each clump to anchor it down in the substrate. Use tweesers and plant up. Ensure CO2 is washed over this plant otherwise it has a tendancy to melt.

2 XHelanthium bolivianumHelanthium bolivianum

Helanthium ‘Quadricostatus’ (also known as Helanthium bolivianum) from South America has characteristic light-green leaves 10-15 cm long which form a good contrast to the darker aquarium plants. It is most beautiful when planted in groups, each roset becoming 15-20 cm wide. In good conditions it produces runners which spread over the bottom. Very light leaves are a sign of a shortage of micro-nutrients. There is some confusion about the name of this plant, and it has been sold as Echinodorus bolivianus var. magdalenensis. 

Fast growing.

2 XLilaeopsis novea-zealandieLilaeopsis novea-zealandie

Ideal foreground plant. Forms a mat of narrow, bright green upright leaves. The submerged form has much smaller leaves than the above water form and grows slowly. Keeping it well-trimmed means it remains compact and throws out lots of runners.

2 XPogostemon helferi (Little Star)Pogostemon helferi (Little Star)

Pogostemon helferi is a really lovely foreground plant that is very different looking from most others. It’s got curly leaves which makes it distinguishable.

Originating from Thailand, discovered the plant and called it “dao noi” which means little star and some hobbyists still know it by this name today. It’s still found today on the verges of rivers in Thailand and like many plants spends time above and below the water line. The soil it’s found in is predominantly clay and as a result rich in iron - there’s also a lot of calcium carbonate available to this plant which is another reason why it does well in a freshwater aquarium.

Pogostemon helferi grows to approximately 10cm tall. If light is lower then it will reach up to about 15cm but under a bright light it’s even more compact 5-8cm. Most hobbyists like it to look as compact as possible.

When planting it in the aquarium make sure you remove any decaying leaves. As Pogostemon helferi has quite a few, it’s worth taking time to do this - they only rot in the aquarium anyway. When it comes to trimming this plant, you need to remove entire shoots - this helps light to still access the plant as it grows. You can replant any shoots you remove.

It’s also happy without the addition of CO2 which is quite unusual with foreground plants that are generally a bit more demanding. With CO2 and good lighting, it grows fast and stays compact. Lower lighting and no CO2 means slightly taller plants and slower growth. The addition of liquid carbon such as Neutro CO2 is beneficial and will improve plant growth.

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