Paradise Of Tropical Plants Way Up North

Two things surprise most people who come into contact with Tropica Aquarium Plants for the first time. Nobody expects to find the world's leading producer of tropical aquarium plants in Denmark - a cold, windy country half a world away from the humid heat of the rain forest. And even fewer are prepared for the unique interplay between the latest technology and the committed, loving care that forms the basis for Tropica's uncompromising quality. Tropica took a decisive step forward as a company...

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Aponogeton ulvaceus is one of the most beautiful' species in the Aponogeton-family. The leaves are delicate light-green and transparent with fluted margin. A single root can produce more than 40 leaves. This means that the plant is best as a solitary plant in large aquariums. It is relatively tolerant, and thrives in both soft and hard water, particularly if CO2 is added. There are many varieties of Aponogeton ulvaceus, some of which need a dormant period when the root does not produce leaves.

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Choose your language here - Danish, English, German or French. Simple, rapid searching - just enter parts of the plant's name or its Tropica number. Advanced searching that offers you the opportunity to search for plants that make no great demands. on growth conditions in the aquarium, for instance, or plants from certain parts of the world. Just choose one or more criteria and press search. The result will be listed in the list of species.

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Cladophora aegagropila is not really a plant, but a ball of algae, so it is a decorative exception from the rule about avoiding algae at all costs. It is normally found in shallow lakes, where the movement of the waves forms it into a sphere. In an aquarium it must be turned regularly to keep it in shape. Cladophora aegagropila can be divided into smaller pieces, which become spherical with time, or which form a carpet, if attached to roots and stones. Protected in parts of Japan. GROWTH RATE...

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Cryptocoryne wendtii brown is a beautiful 'brown v rifey ipfjCryptoCoryne wendtii. It is a mistake to believe that Cryptocoryne require soft water. In large parts of Sri Lanka the water is hard, so Sri Lanka Cryptocoryne are almost all suitable for hard European water. If the plant is affected by the so-called cryptocoryne disease, do not remove it from the aquarium because a few weeks later it will produce new shoots. See other Cryptocoryne for further information.

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Egeria densa is a good plant for beginners, and its rapid growth helps create a balance in the aquarium from the start. It can also help prevent algae because it absorbs a great number of nutrients from the water. The plant secretes antibiotic substances which can help prevent blue-green algae (a type of bacteria). The growth rate depends largely on the amount of light and nutrition available. Growth does not stop in unfavourable conditions, but the plant turns light in colour and the tendrils...

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Good Beginner Aquarium Plants

Hygrophila polysperma is one of the hardiest aquarium plants available. It is particularly good for beginners because it grows in almost all conditions. It normally grows so fast that it is important to prevent it crowding out other plants. The shoots must be pinched out regularly. Leaves lying on the surface form small new plants. Hygrophila polysperma varies considerably in leaf shape and colour, depending to some extent on the light supplied. TEMPERATURE 18 - 30 C GH 4 - 30 dH TEMPERATURE 18...


You have the dream, Tropica turns it into reality. We import plants from all over the world - from the rain forests of Brazil to the watercourses of New Zealand. So if you are looking for attractive ornamental plants or compact foreground plants, plants on stone or roots, we have what you want. There are countless options and only your imagination imposes limits on what you can achieve in your aquarium. This catalogue takes you on an inspiring journey to the underwater world of aquatic plants...

Latest News

You will always be able to see and read the latest news from Tropica on our front page and then click straight to the full article. The articles are about our latest plants as well as those we have been producing for some time where new knowledge about them justifies an article. In addition, there are articles about our fertilizers and about Tropica in general. Pogostemon helferi - a different but beautiful foreground plant Pogostemon helferi is a beautiful foreground plant with a difference...

Limnobium laevigatum

-1 Jfl zf I Limnobium laevigatum is a decorative plant that is particularly suitable for open aquariums. It is also good in traditional aquariums, because the fine, long and decorative roots provide protection to gouramies and other surface fish that like the roots of floating plants. If there are enough nutrients in the water and the light intensity is good, new leaves will appear above the water surface.

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There are several varieties of this plant. The variety grown by Tropica is said to come from Malaysia. It is characterised by its narrow green leaves, which are purple underneath. Like most other red plants, the colour depends on a supply of intensive light. CO2 addition promotes growth significantly, and it also thrives in hard water. Limnophilla aromatica is easy to propagate by cuttings.

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In the nursery this plant is cultivated in marshy conditioliS ormirig dark-green leaves which are purple underneath. In aquariums the leaves turn a beautiful shade of light-green. It needs intensive light to thrive. Widely used in Dutch aquariums in so-called ''plant streets''. In open aquariums it grows above the water surface, where it forms very beautiful scarlet flowers and the leaves regain their colour. Can be used in garden ponds. ORIGIN North Central America HEIGHT 20 - 30+ cm ORIGIN...

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Micranthemum umbrosum is a beautiful plant with small round leaves. It is suitable for small or large aquariums. Relatively demanding in terms o f light. CO2 addition is recommended to promote growth. Once the plant starts growing it grows fast, and the shoots have to be pinched out often (can be planted as cuttings in the bottom). Most beautiful in groups of many stems.

Microsorum pteropus

Vallisneria Roots Rotting

Microsorum pteropus is a water fern which should be grown on a root or stone, attached with fishing line until it has gained a hold. If it is planted in the bottom, do not cover the rhizome because it will rot. Easy to propagate by splitting the horizontal rhizome. A hardy plant which grows in all conditions. The black spots under the leaves are sporangia (reproductive organs), not signs of disease as many believe.

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PLANT NUTRITION liquid contains the most important nutrients for healthy and sustained aquarium plant growth. PLANT NUTRITION liquid does not however contain nitrogen (N) or phosphorus (P). PLANT NUTRITION liquid therefore supplies the nutrients plants easily run out of and which plants ideally absorb via the leaves. PLANT NUTRITION liquid was previously marketed under the 'Tropica Mastergrow' brand. PLANT NUTRITION liquid Is added each week when changing the water. A flask is used to ensure an...


Juncus repens is widespread in shallow water and along the banks of ponds and lakes in North America. In an aquarium Juncus repens is decorative and distinguishes itself from other aquatic plants. If it grows under water, Juncus repens forms leaves in rings, and, depending on its growth conditions, it often develops a thick, bushy habit. The leaves are normally light green, but in good light the underwater form of Juncus repens most frequently becomes reddish. New shoots form willingly from the...

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Monosolenium tenerum is an attractive liverwort, which looks most like a giant Riccia that simply stays at the bottom, where it forms cushions. It is a brittle plant, and pieces break off easily, so it is best to place it in the aquarium attached to stones with fishing line or in small clumps among other plants such as Eleocharrs. Once Monosolenium tenerum has established itself, it is very undemanding. This plant is mistakenly known as Pellia.


We publish the Tropica Newsletter five times a year and it contains plant and product news. Our Newsletter is a step towards sharing the knowledge we have with our customers and consumers. A step designed to help spread the interest in this fantastic hobby and, ultimately, create greater customer satisfaction. Newsletter 2007 vol. 2 THE HALL OF FAME This is a presentation of aquarium plant classics seen with Tropica's eyes - of the genuine classics that we can supply and also our idea of the...

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Salvinia natans is a floating fern that grows quickly if there is sufficient nutrition and light. Light leaves are a sign of a shortage of micro-nutrients. It tends to take light from the plants at the bottom. Salvinia--varieties have small hairs on their leaves, making them water resistant. Helps prevent algae by shading parts of the aquarium and using nutrients in the water. Grows very big in the wild and in optimum conditions. A decorative plant for open aquariums.


The ABC in this catalogue is just a selection of the Information you can find on our web site - a knowledge portal that we constantly expand and develop for the benefit of distributors and aquarium enthusiasts all over the world. On this page, you can read about and see the plant Marsilea hirsuta as an example of the way we pass on our knowledge The pictures show the plant at three stages - from sales pot (A) to planting (B), to the flourishing result after just 55 days (C) with the right...

Visit Tropica Online

Here you will find a fully updated list of all our water plants. As In this catalogue you may read a short article and see beautiful pictures and illustrations of each plant. At the same time you may send the articles to other enthusiasts around the world since all our articles come in English, French, German and Danish. On the website you can find a Tropica dealer near you and you can make a subscription to the Tropica Newsletter.

Echinodorus osiris

Osiris And The Crabs

In the 1970's coloured aquarium plants were rare, which is why Echinodorus osiris with its red colour quickly became popular. A nutritious bottom promotes growth, and when there is a shortage of micro-nutrients new leaves turn pale, thus indicating that fertiliser may be necessary. It is generally an undemanding plant which is suitable for both soft and hard water. The red colour of the leaves grows stronger at higher light intensities. It used to be sold as Echinodorus rubra. It is not eaten...

Hemianthus micranthemoides048A

Hemianthus micranthemoides is a graceful plant whose small, arched leaves make it look like a miniature version of Egeria. It has a characteristic trailing growth in intensive light, so it can be used as a foreground plant. A compact group of Hemianthus micranthemoides is very beautiful with its small, light-green leaves. In terrariums the plant forms a compact cushion. Used to be called Micranthemum micranthemoides.

Hygrophila corymbosa Compact

A very compact variety of Hygrophila 'cprymbpsa, with the leav set close to the stalk. Forms numerous side shoots, enhancing the compact appearance. The leaves are a dark brownish green when the plant is delivered, but after a transitional period in the aquaffium they turn light green and silver-white on the underside. In strong light the newest leaves are reddish brown in colour and in time the oldest ones die away - especially in dimmer light. New side shoots form often, to replace the old.

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Echinodorus cordifoiius 'Tropica Marble Queen' is a variety cultivated by Oriental Aquarium in Singapore. Plants grown in marshy conditions have beautiful marbling which sometimes fades under water. The plant demands a relatively large amount of light, and CO2 addition is recommended to promote growth. It is very suitable for low open aquariums, where the leaves above water have clearer marbling. The leaves also resist drying out.

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Microsorum pteropus 'Windelov' is a patented variety of Microsorum pteropus, named after Tropica's founder Holger Windelov. Its finely branched leaf tips make it one of the most beautiful aquarium plants. A hardy and easy plant for both beginners and the more experienced. Best results are obtained by planting it on a stone or tree root. If planted in the bottom the horizontal rhizome must not be covered. This plant is not eaten by herbivorous fish.

Anubias barteri var barteri


Anubias barteri var. barteri is an undemanding plant. It grows somewhat larger than Anubias barteri var. nana but is grown in the same conditions. Anubias barteri varies considerably in terms of size and leaf shape. Like other Anubias-species, it is best planted in a shady spot to restrict algae growth on the leaves. It is also suitable for terrariums and aquaterrariums. Herbivorous fish do not eat the very tough and robust leaves.

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Easy Low Light Aquarium Plants

Characteristic of Echinodorus 'Aquartica' are its round, bright green leaves. Its compact, low habit makes it suitable as a decorative solitary plant. Slow growing and easy to care for, Echinodorus 'Aquartica' retains the refreshing green colour of its leaves in normal lighting and nutrient conditions in the aquarium. The plant is a cross between several different cultivated plants, including Echinodorus horemanii and several round-leafed Echinodorus species. Echinodorus 'Aquartica' was...

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Taxiphyllum Barbieri

Taxiphyiium barbieri is a hardy plant which makes few demands on the water or light. The moss grows willingly on any surface, so it is ideal for decorating stones and tree roots or concealing installations in the aquarium. Attach the plant with a piece of fishing line until it has gained a hold on the bottom. If its growth becomes too luxuriant, it can be pruned with scissors. In breeding aquariums Taxiphyiium barbieri is a wonderful hiding place for the young fish.

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Microsorum Philippine

Microsorum pteropus is a highly variable species, andnew varieties are easily bred. Microsorum pteropus 'Narrow' has narrower leaves, which grow at a lessracute angle from the stem than the normal Microsorum pteropus. The plant attaches readily to roots and stones. A decorative plant, which is also suitable for smaller aquariums. See also Microsorum pteropus.

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Echinodorus Amazonicus

Echinodorus 'Rubin' is a decorative hybrid between Echinodorus horemanii rot and Echinodorus xbarthii. The transparent, ruby-red leaves with light leaf ribs provide a particularly intensive sheen. An undemanding plant whose growth is stimulated by CO2 addition and a nutritious bottom. A good solitary plant for large aquariums.

Microsorum pteropus Philippine

Microsorum Pteropus Aquarium

Variety of Microsorum pteropus with strikingly beautiful long, slender 'hammered out' leaves. Microsorum pteropus 'Philippine' grows readily on roots and stones, but can also be planted directly on the bottom - but not too deep. The plant is hardy and also suitable for larger aquariums. It is tolerant of salt, and originated from the island of Panay in the Philippines, where it grows right out in the tidal river mouth and thrives both below and above water. See also Microsorum pteropus.

Plant Nutrition capsules

Tropica Plant Nutrition Capsules

PLANT NUTRITION capsules supply your waterplants with all the nutrients they need for healthy and sustained growth over a long period of time. Nutrition release rates do not exceed plant absorption rates, so ensuring nutrition remains within a closed cycle between capsules and plant roots. 1-3 capsules depending on plant size and expected nutrition requirements, placed by plant roots, minimum 4 cm below the gravel surface. Carefully cover any holes made with sand and gravel. The capsules are...

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Anubias Barteri

Anubias barteri var. angustifolia is a beautiful plant with long, narrow leaves. Anubias barteri var. angustifolia used to be sold as Anubias afzelii, but the latter is actually a much larger species. It is grown in the same conditions as Anubias barteri var. nana. It is not eaten by herbivorous fish.

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Cryptocoryne crispatula var. balansae is the oldest known variety of Cryptocoryne crispatula. In the region it Cryptocoryne crispatula var. balansae is the oldest known variety of Cryptocoryne crispatula. In the region it comes from in southern Thailand there are limestone mountains, and the water can be very hard. Like many other Cryptocoryne it needs to acclimatise before growth starts in earnest. In recent years a narrow-leaf variety called Cryptocoryne crispatula var. flaccidifolia has...

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Anubias Barteri Roots

Leaves survive for several years, giving slow-growing algae the chance to become established. The best result is achieved by planting on a stone or tree root. Fishing line can be used to attach the plant until it gains a hold. If planted on the bottom the rhizome must not be covered because it tends to rot. It flowers frequently under water. It is not eaten by herbivorous fish. leaves survive for several years, giving slow-growing algae the chance to become established. The best result is...

Riccia sp Dwarf

Riccia Aquarium Plant

Riccia sp. 'Dwarf', like Riccia, is a floating plant which can be anchored to stones or roots with fishing line to keep it down. When the plant grows well it develops into an unusual and attractive carpet. To prevent it from becoming detached and floating to the top, it should be pruned from time to time with scissors, and fastened down again occasionally. Riccia sp. 'Dwarf' thrives best when CO2 is supplied see also Riccia fluitans . The origins of this plant are unknown.

Cryptocoryne undulata

It is characteristic for this species that it has a small internodium between each leaf. Normally the leaves of Cryptocoryne grow out from a rosette which is so compact that the stem between the individual leaves is invisible. When you buy Cryptocoryne in pots, it is important that they are not planted in a lump but separated into smaller portions and preferably planted a few centimetres apart. See other Cryptocoryne for further information. A Sri Lanka - photo Claus Christensen Flower - photo...

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Aquarium Plants Sword

Echinodorus 'Red Diamond' appeared as a culture in the Ukraine, and is probably a cross between Echinodorus horemanni 'red' and Echinodorus x barthii. The resultant hybrid is an attractive plant with ruby-red sword-shaped leaves. Unlike many of the other Echinodorus--species, Echinodorus 'Red Diamond' remains moderate in size, so it is extremely well suited as a solitary plant, even in small aquariums. Increasing the nutrients in the substrate results in more abundant growth, while favourable...

List Of Species

Aquarium Stem Plants

You will find portraits of all our plants here - you can search for various categories of plants by browsing through the menu such as colourful plants and plants that are suitable in aquariums with Discus. Nesaea pedicellata is an attractive, decorative and easy stem plant. Leaf colours range from green to yellow and orange and reddish shades depending on growth conditions in the aquarium. The stems keep their intense red colouring, something that can also be seen when the plant is grown in a...

Cryptocoryne parva

Cryptocoryne Parva

Cryptocoryne parva is the smallest of all Cryptocoryne. It is one of the few species that does not significantly change its leaf shape and colour depending on cultivation conditions. It needs more light than most other Cryptocoryne because it almost loses its leaf blade under water. So it must never be overshadowed by other plants. Individual plants should be planted a few centimetres apart, and after about six months they will form a cohesive low group of plants. Recommended for foreground...

Plant Substrate

Tropica Aquacare Plant Substrate

PLANT SUBSTRATE acts as a long term nutrition store for waterplants, so ensuring magnificent and healthy waterplant growth. PLANT SUBSTRATE is a natural concentrate of clay and sphagnum, laid at the bottom of the gravel layer when you build your aquarium. PLANT SUBSTRATE acts as a long term nutrition store for waterplants, so ensuring magnificent and healthy waterplant growth. PLANT SUBSTRATE is a natural concentrate of clay and sphagnum, laid at the bottom of the gravel layer when you build...

Vesicularia dubyana Christmas

Aquarium Plants Java Moss

A special moss originally seen in Japanese aquariums and known as ''Amazonia Willow Moss''. Also called ''Christmas tree moss'', because of its side branch structure which distinguishes it from ordinary Taxiphyllum barbieri Java moss and looks like fir tree branches. It is more demanding than ordinary Java moss and grows more slowly. It attaches readily to roots and stones, and as it spreads in the water it needs pruning to keep its shape attractive. See also Taxiphyllum barbieri.

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Aponogeton boivinianus is a large, strong plant which is only suitable for large aquariums. In favourable conditions it can form very large leaves up to 80 cm long and 8 cm wide . The oldest leaves are deep dark-green, while younger leaves are light-green and sometimes brownish until they are fully developed. In the wild Aponogeton boivinianus is found in fast-flowing water, and it prefers some flow in the aquarium water. It needs a dormant period when the root does not produce leaves....

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Hygrophila polysperma 'Rosanervig' is normally an undemanding plant. But if you want deep-pink leaves you must provide intensive light. The distinctive colouring of the light leaf ribs is probably caused by a virus which prevents chlorophyll from being produced in the cells around the leaf ribs, making them white. However, this virus does not affect other plants in the aquarium.

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Cryptocoryne Wen

Cryptocoryne wendtii green is suitable for small aquariums. When grown in an open space the leaves will virtually lie on the bottom. Like most other Sri Lanka Cryptocoryne, it also grows well in hard water. Like many other plants, it can be affected by Cryptocoryne disease. One way to prevent this is by only leaving the 4-5 newest leaves on the plant when planting. It is a good foreground plant, even in small aquariums. See other Cryptocoryne for further information.

Numerical Plant Index

Alternanthera reineckii 'Pink' roseafolia Alternanthera reineckii 'Purple' lilacina Rotala sp. Nanjenshan'' Mayaca Ludwigia inclinata var. verticillata Cuba'' Hydrocotyle sibthorpioides maritima Hemianthus callitrichoides Cuba'' Hygrophila corymbosa Compact'' Hygrophila corymbosa 'Siamensis 53B' Vallisneria americana ''mini twister'' Echinodorus cordifolius ssp. fluitans Echinodorus cordifolius 'Tropica Marble Queen' Echinodorus palaefolius var. latifolius Anubias barteri var. caladiifolia...

Hydrocotyle verticillata

Hydrocotyle Verticillata

Unlike other Hydrocotyle--species, this plant retains its trailing growth form. Optimum growth is only achieved in strong light and soft, slightly acidic water. It does not need to be rooted, but can be used as a floating plant. Hydrocotyle verticillata is definitely a foreground plant which can also be used in garden ponds. It can also be used as an indoor plant if the soil is kept moist.

Caring For Your Underwater Garden

Hco3 Levels And Water Hardness

An aquarium, like a garden, needs weeding and the plants must be pruned now and then, or it gets overgrown. But care is necessary to maintain the balance in the aquarium, and not to create ideal conditions for algae by pruning too severely. Plants with stems should always be pinched off before they reach the water surface, as they will otherwise overshadow themselves as well as other plants. The new side shoots will make the plant more compact. The top shoots can be planted on the bottom again,...

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This plant was discovered by aquarists in Thailand, close to the border with Burma. It is called 'Daonoi' little star in Thailand, and it is easy to see why. Pogostemon helferi is an unusual and distinctive aquatic plant with a compact habit, curly leaves and a strikingly beautiful green colour. With good light conditions and a substrate rich in nutrients Pogostemon helferi forms many side shoots, which develop small roots, and the plant rapidly forms an impressive carpet of foreground...

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Anubias Habitat

Anubias barteri coffeefolia is a very beautiful, low variety of Anubias barteri. It is characteristic that the leaves arch considerably between the leaf ribs, and the new leaves are red-brown. The colour combination and leaf shape make it an attractive variety in both large and small aquariums. It flowers frequently under water but does not produce seeds there. Anubias-species seem to grow so slowly that they do not realise that they have been submerged. It is not eaten by herbivorous fish....

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Echinodorus Red Special 073j

DID YOU KNOW Time spent out of water provides strength for life under water In the wild nine out of ten tropical aquarium plants are capable of surviving both above and below the water surface. They are known as amphibious plants - plants which can adapt to long dry periods above water when the water level in rivers and streams drops. They actually make use of the time with the sun shining on the damp, nutritious soil which once was a river bed, gathering strength for the underwater existence...

Echinodorus tenellus

Echinodorus Tenellus Species

Small foreground plants for aquariums are in short supply, but Echinodorus tenellus is one of the best. The runners spread round the aquarium, and growth is more compact when planted in a pot or between stones or other objects. A true ''lawn'' effect is only achieved at high light intensities, so you must make sure larger plants do not overshadow the plant. Plant individual plants a couple of centimetres apart easiest with tweezers . A nutritious bottom promotes growth. TEMPERATURE 19 - 30'C GH...

Dont Let Algae Spoil The View

Furry Growth Aquarium Plants

The growth of algae Is the chief reason why aquarium owners give up their hobby. They can easily seem overpowering, and about 30,000 species of algae are known. Some of them can double their numbers in two hours if conditions are suitable. And there is no way of wiping out algae entirely in an aquarium without killing the plants at the same time. But if you follow the advice on the following pages you will have far better chances in your efforts at keeping the unwanted elements to a minimum....

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Mayaca Green

There is some uncertainty about the correct name of this plant. For some time it has been sold as Mayaca sellowiana, but actually this is Rotala sp. ''Nanjenshan species unknown . It is a graceful plant with needle-shaped leaves. It requires a relatively large amount of light, and CO2 addition is recommended to promote growth. The most decorative effect is achieved by planting it in groups. Also suitable for small aquariums.

Sagittaria platyphylla

Green Stemmed Sagittaria

Sagittaria piatyphyiia is an ideal foreground plant for large aquariums or in the middle of smaller aquariums. It forms a slightly dispersed group with its runners. A nutritious bottom promotes growth. If there is a shortage of micro-nutrients the plant turns pale, indicating that the aquarium may need fertiliser. This is a robust starter - ' iJ'l' T i. ' amp j'- . . - - i-i Sagittaria subuiata is an ideal, undemanding foreground plant whose short runners form a compact group. Place individual...

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Lilaeopsis Species

This species of Lilaeopsis requires less light and grows a good deal higher than the other Lilaeopsis--species. Runners from Liiaeopsis macloviana creep across the bottom, and vertical branches grow up from the runners. Its habit is similar to Vallisneria, and it is fast growing and easy to care for. Liiaeopsis macloviana grows in a wide variety of habitats, from the Pampas in the Andes where it was found to river mouths and brackish beach meadows, indicating how adaptable this plant is. Thus...

Nesaea pedicellata

Nesaea Pedicellata

Nesaea pedicellata is an attractive, decorative and easy stem plant. Leaf colours range from green to yellow and orange and reddish shades depending on growth conditions in the aquarium. The stems keep their intense red colouring, something that can also be seen when the plant is grown in a swamp. Compared with Nesaea crassicaulis Tropica no. 033B , Nesaea pedicellate has narrower leaves and its colours are warmer. We recommend planting Nesaea in the mid-ground of the aquarium as a contrast to...

Alphabetic Plant Index

Alternanthera relneckll 'Pink' roseafolla Alternanthera relneckll 'Purple' lilacina Anublas barterl var. caladllfolla 1705'' Cryptocoryne beckettll petchll'' Cryptocoryne crlspatula var. balansae Cryptocoryne undulata broad leaves'' Echlnodorus cordlfollus ssp. flultans Echlnodorus cordlfollus 'Troplca Marble Queen' Echlnodorus palaefollus var. latlfollus Hemlanthus callltricholdes Cuba'' Hydrocotyle slbthorploldes marltlma Hygrophlla corymbosa Compact'' Hygrophlla corymbosa 'Slamensls 53B'...

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Cryptocoryne Wendtii Brown

This beautiful variety of Cryptocoryne wendtii is only found in the river Mi Oya. It has characteristic red-brown, slightly hammered leaves. Many Cryptocoryne can grow at high temperatures. In the wild this plant is found in streams with a temperature of more than 30 degrees C. At even higher temperatures the light intensity must be higher or the days longer. See other Cryptocoryne for further information. A Sri Lanka - photo Claus Christensen Cryptocoryne wendtii 'Tropica' 109E DID YOU KNOW...

Utricularia graminifolia

Utricularia Graminifolia Trap Insects

Utricuiaria graminifoiia belongs to the bladderwort-family. All the plants in this family are insect eating, perennial water and marsh plants. Bladder traps are a unique feature of this family, which Utricuiaria graminifoiia forms after a short period of time in the aquarium. The species name means 'with grass like leaves' and the fresh green leaves after a short period of time form a pretty mat which looks like a lawn. Utricuiaria graminifoiia is therefore an ideal foreground plant.

Proserpinaca palustris Cuba

Cultivated above water and delivered with saw-toothed leaves, which after a transitional period in the aquarium develop into long, finely denticulated, needle-like leaves. In good light conditions it turns a beautiful copper colour and its characteristic appearance is a pleasing contrast to the other plants. Making few demands, Proserpinaca paiustris varies in form according to its origin. The Tropica cultivar is found on the Isla de la Juventud off Cuba. In the USA the plant is commonly known...

Nesaea crassicaulis

Nesaea Crassicaulis

Nesaea crassicaulis is a beautiful and highly recommended aquarium plant, although it has high demands for light. It has red-brown, cognac-coloured leaves. GroWs best in soft and slightly acidic water. Make sure the lower leaves get sufficient light, otherwise they will die off. This plant is similar to Ammannia-spec es and is often mistaken for them. But in the aquarium it can be recognised by its yellow-green stems. Easy to propagate by side shoots or cuttings, which can be cut off and...

Phyllanthus fluitans

Phyllanthus Fluitans

This plant belongs to the spurge family, which actually consists primarily of desert plants. But over thousands of years Phyllanthus fluitans has adapted to an entirely different environment. Like other floating plants it is most suitable for open aquariums, where it develops beautiful red leaves at high light intensities. If growth is good the plant needs thinning to prevent it overshadowing plants on the bottom.

Ludwigia repens Rubin

Variety of Ludwigia repens with striking dark red leaves and stalk. It makes a fine colour contrast to the green shades in the aquarium. Plant in large groups to enhance the decorative effect, and prune regularly to encourage bushy growth. The plant makes few demands, but if light is insufficient the lower leaves tend to fall off. In strong light the colour becomes more intense. Its scientific name is at present uncertain. See also DID YOU KNOW Utricularia graminifolia - the carnivorous...

Riccia fluitans

Japanese Takashi Amano has inspired many aquarium owners to keep Riccia fluitans submerged. It can be kept down by tying it to a stone with a piece of fishing line, but new shoots always grow towards the surface, so it may be necessary to prune it with scissors. Under water Riccia fluitans thrives best with added CO2 and in good growing conditions small oxygen bubbles form on the leaf tips. As a traditional floating plant offers good protection for young fish.

Marsilea hirsuta

Marsilea Aquarium

Marsilea hirsuta is a fascinating plant, usually delivered with leaves like a four-leaf clover. After a transitional period it develops different types of leaves, possibly a low form with single leaves like a large Giossostigma, or alternatively develop two, three or four-lobed leaves varying in height, depending on the growth conditions. Whichever form the plant adopts, it forms runners and spreads rapidly round the aquarium. The scientific name for this unusual aquatic fern has not yet been...

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Vallisneria americana gigantea is an easy plant that grows fast, suitable for large aquariums. In most aquariums the leaves grow so long that they float on the surface. So the plant needs pruning to stop it taking too much light from plants growing beneath. The leaves are tough and strong, so they are not normally eaten by herbivorous fish. Vallisneria americana is easy to propagate using runners, which are prolific if the bottom is nutritious.

Bolbitis heudelotii

A water fern with very beautiful transparent green leaves. When planting do not cover the rhizome because it will rot, and it is best to plant Bolbitis heudelotii on a root or stone. Keep the plant in position with fishing line until it has gained a hold. Easy to propagate by splitting the horizontal rhizome. Growth can be increased considerably by supplying CO2, and is only optimal in soft, slightly acidic water. The plants are Illustrated by handpalnted water colours, but the colours may not...

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Echinodorus Quadricostatus Care

In marshy conditions Echinodorus paiaefoiius var. iattfoiiuS has round leaves with a horizontal leaf base. Under water the leaves are narrower and longer. In the aquarium it tends to grow out of the water. This can be prevented by removing the long leaves just before they reach the water surface. The next leaves will then become shorter and the plant will remain under water. In open aquariums the plant can be allowed to grow out of the water, but the leaf margins often dry out if air humidity...

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Vallisneria Caulescens

Vallisneria caulescens is a spectacularly decorative1 pjant from northern Australia. Reddish structures towards the leaf tips and a central stripe through the leaves differentiate Vallisneria caulescens from the other, more familiar Vallisneria--species. In addition, Vallisneria caulescens forms side shoots from the stems over and above the ''normal'' Vallisneria--leaves. Vallisneria caulescens requires a good deal of nutrition, and good growth conditions are a prerequisite for the development...

Vallisneria nana

Vallisneria Spiralis Small

Vallisneria nana is a solitary contrast plant with dark green, rosulate, narrow leaves. It is extremely suitable as a mid-ground plant, but can also be used as a background plant in small aquariums. The leaves are much narrower than with other species of Vallisneria, nor are they quite as long. In its natural habitat in northern Australia Vallisneria nana reaches a height of only 15 cm, but in aquariums it typically grows to 30-50 cm, which no doubt reflects the different light and nutrient...

Tropica Aqua Care

Tropica Plant Nutrition Liquid

Tropica AquaCare is a series of fertilizer products which are developed based on 35 years experience within the production and development of plants, and from the experience of the most skilled aquarists. The products are scientifically developed to produce healthy and fertile waterplants, throughout the plant's lifetime. A simple aquarium with gravel, light and water from the tap is, from the plants point of view, equivalent to growing in a desert. Better light promotes growth. However light...

Nymphaea lotus zenkeri

Nymphaea Lotus Green

A beautiful and very varied species with leaves of green to red-brown and varying numbers of purple spots. Before forming floating leaves Nymphaea lotus zenkeri forms many underwater leaves. If you don't want floating leaves, prune the roots and leaves. The beautiful, aromatic flowers can be fully appreciated in open aquariums. A nutritious bottom encourages growth. Often available in a red and a green variety. Recommended as a solitary plant for large aquariums. GROWTH RATE SLOW OO OO FAST...

Gymnocoronis spilanthoides

Planta Gymnocoronis Spilanthoides

In the wild Gymnocoronis spilanthoides is arsh plant, but it is very suitable for arsh plant, but it is very suitable for aquariums. It grows fast and makes few- demands, but it does require a lot of light. With its light-green foliage, a group of Gymnocoronis spilanthoides forms a good contrast to the other aquarium plants. The high growth rate can help prevent algae because the plant absorbs a great number of nutrients from the water. Easy to propagate by side shoots or cuttings, which should...

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Alternanthera Reineckii

The purple colour underneath Alternanthera reineckii 'Pink' leaves provides an effective contrast to the many green plants in an aquarium - particularly when planted in groups. Good light encourages the leaves to turn red. Most Alternanthera-species are difficult to grow, but this one is relatively undemanding. Easy to propagate by nipping off the terminal bud and planting it in the bottom. This also makes the mother plant more bushy, because more side shoots are formed. GROWTH RATE SLOW OO OO...

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Anubias Natural Habitat

Anubias barteri var. caladiifolia 1705 is also simply called ''1705'' the number used by an Australian tissue propagation laboratory . It is a very beautiful variety with heartshaped leaves. The leaves live for several years, so Anubias barteri var. caladiifolia can easily form large groups despite its slow growth. A group of Anubias barteri var. caladiifolia growing more than 50 cm wide in a few years is not unusual. LIGHT LOW O 0 O HIGH GROWTH RATE SLOW O OOO FAST DEMANDS EASY OOOO DIFFICULT...

Tropica Aqua Decor

Bankwood Ornamental

In Nature, some plants used in the aquarium grow naturally on stones and tree roots. Prime examples are Anubias and Microsorum. The typical biotope for such plants is close to a waterfall either the lake formed beneath the waterfall or the area around the waterfall, which is continuously bathed in a fine mist or spray. The plants colonise fissures and hollows in stones and tree roots. The AquaDecor varieties opens up new opportunities to create landscapes in an aquarium or can be used in a...

Glossostigma elatinoides

Glossostigma Elatinoides

Glossostigma elatinoides is much in demand in Japanese-inspired aquariums. It is one of the smallest aquarium plants, 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.

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Hygrophila Corymbosa Siamensis Blossoms

Under water the leaves are light-green and dense. In open aquariums Hygrophila corymbosa 'Siamensis' grows easily above the water surface, where it forms blue-green leaves and small blue flowers. It grows fast and the shoots must be pinched out regularly if you want to keep the plant under water. An extremely hardy plant, suitable for beginners. Hygrophila corymbosa 'Siamensis 53B' G53B

Limnophila aquatica

An extremely beautiful aquarium plant circled by light-green and finely branched leaves. In the right growing conditions with added CO2 and a nutritious bottom this plant grows fast. In good light it forms horizontal side shoots and becomes attractive and bushy. Most decorative when several stems are planted in a small group. In open aquariums it sometimes sends shoots above the water surface, forming small blue flowers.

Crinum natans

Crinum Natans

Crinum natans is a very beautiful and graceful bulbous plant with dark-green leaves. Plant so the top 2 3 of the bulb is visible. When the plant grows older if it is thriving it sometimes forms small bulbs and sends a flower stem up to the water surface with a beautiful and aromatic lily flower. The plant varies considerably in leaf width and the shape of the leaf margin. It is also suitable for indoor ponds, and is not eaten by herbivorous fish. Crinum thaianum is a distinctive bulbous plant...

Bacopa australis

Bolbitis Heudelotii

Bacopa australis was discovered in southern Brazil australis southern , and it does not come from Australia, as might otherwise be assumed from its name. Like the other Bacopa--species, Bacopa australis is also easy to grow in an aquarium. Under certain conditions it creeps across the bottom to form an elegantly decorative light green cushion. When Bacopa australis grows in a good light, the leaves become reddish. It is Bacopa caroliniana has been used as an aquarium plant for many years. Apart...

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Ceratophyllum Demersum Foxtail

Ceratophyllumdemersum 'Foxtail' was found in a smalleTtributary in Bolivia during an expedition to Rio Guapore, a boundary river between Brazil and Bolivia. Ceratophyllum has no roots as such, but it can still be planted in the bottom of an aquarium. 'Foxtail' differs from Ceratophyllum demersum because its leaves are closer together and it has lateral shoots, which gives it an attractive, compact appearance. The plant also distinguishes itself because it is hardier and its stalks do not break...