Hydrocotyle sp."Japan" is the popular name of the plant in different plant forums. It is a variant of Hydrocotyle tripartita ( Dwarf Pennywort ) from South-East Asia. It is characterized by fast, compact growth and small, intensely green leaves on vertical stems. The plant is carpet-forming (5-10 cm tall), and its dense growth can be promoted by physically pressing the carpet with your hand when maintaining your aquarium. Carpet formation and compact growth do best in good light.
Hardiness: ModerateLight Needs: ModeratePlant Structure: StemFamily: AraliaceaeGenus: HydrocotyleRegion: AsiaLocation: Southeastern AsiaGrowth Rate: Medium
Mats that have plants attached should be planted by burying just the bottom of the mat in your substrate. The top of the mat with the plant should not be buried at all. The best way to do this is to move the mat carefully back and forth as you push it down in your substrate. The weight of the mat itself and having it in your substrate should hold it in place. If it does not stay in place, you can add plant weights to the bottom of the mat by inserting them into the mat. Click HERE to view the weights.
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