Marsilea quadrifolia is the perfect alternative to higher light demand foreground plants. There are a few different varieties of Marsilea but the true Marsilea quadrifolia is most distinguishable by the four-leaf clover it produces when grown submerged.
Marsilea quadrifolia is an undemanding plant species that is able to adapt to low light and high light conditions. It does not require carbon dioxide or heavy water column fertilization. However a nutrient rich substrate, high light, and carbon dioxide injection will encourage it to grow faster than its natural slow growth propensity.
Marsilea quadrifolia spreads through runners across the substrate floor. As it creeps along the surface, new clover like leaves will emerged that are supported by petioles that can grow to a length of 4-6 inches (10-15 cm). When provided with more light the height will be slight shorter.
Scientific Name: Marsilea quadrifolia
Common Name: European Water Clover
Difficulty: Very Easy
CO2 Requirements: Low
Lighting Requirements: Low
Plant Arrangement: Foreground to Midground
Growth Rate: Very Slow
Plant Type: Fern
Water Hardness: Medium (GH = 9-13 dH)
You are buying 1 pot that will cover approx. a 4" area if taken out and seperated or 2 1/2" if kept together.
It is much better to start with potted plants as the whole root system is intact which will make it less likely to go into shock when transplanted and spread more rapidly in your aquarium.
Potted plants are
started in rock wool. To plant remove as much rock wool as
possible. Most of the rock wool will pull off. If you have any left
and want it off shake the plants gently by holding it by the roots and shaking
in water. Leaving some rock wool will help anchor the plant in your substrate.
Separate the plant
into 1/8" pieces with roots and plant 1/8" to 1/4" a part in
your substrate. This will leave room for the plant to propagate and
spread. If you want instant gratification you can plant closer. It will take
more plant to fill in the area you want to cover when planting closer.
Only plant the root in
your substrate, not any of the plant itself or this can cause melting
or shock, for more information on planting and caring for your
plants please go here