Easy Foreground Aquarium Plants for Nano Tank Marsilea or Water Clover

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Easy Foreground Aquarium Plants for Nano Tank Marsilea or Water Clover – Marsilea or commonly called water clover is one of very popular ground cover plants in the aquarium hobbies same as Glossostigma elatinoides, which it has comparable leaf shape too. Marsilea is one of the aquatic fern species, and there are over forty species in the genus Marsilea. This aquatic plant species can be founded in the shallow water and moist areas.

Marsilea leaves in floating forms, or emersed forms are all divided in 4 section and have a long stem. This aquatic plant has thin rhizomes, and it grows mostly in the substrates. This aquarium fern of this genus can be founded in Europe, Asia, Africa, America, and Australia.

In the market, some of Marsilea species that are often encountered, that is Marsilea Hirsuta and Marsilea Crenata. But this species is difficult to distinguish, mainly if the sporocarps or ‘spore fruit’ is lost, which only thrive on the base of the leaf stem in the emersed shape. So it is quite uncertain whether the plants sold in the market are correctly named or no.

Easy Foreground Aquarium Plants for Nano Tank Marsilea or Water Clover

Easy Foreground Aquarium Plants for Nano Tank Marsilea or Water Clover

In the submerged forms of this aquarium foreground plant species for the aquarium, hobbies are not important to identify them exactly, because the growth habits and appearance of this plant are so similar, which are vital for them, the water clover can live stronger and healthier in his tanks.

Easy Foreground Aquarium Plants for Nano Tank Marsilea or Water Clover

Easy Foreground Aquarium Plants for Nano Tank Marsilea or Water Clover

Besides two species mentioned above, there are also other favorite marsilea species in the trade that is Marsilea Minuta, Marsilea Drummondii, and Marsilea Angustifolia. According to APC Plant Finder, the Marsilea Minuta is easy to discern because this fern has smaller leaves than the other marsilea species. Marsilea quadrifolia is a bog plant from this genus, this tank plant origin from Europe. And other smaller marsilea species from Australia that is Marsilea Quadrifolia but it is a relatively large plant than M. Minuta.

Easy Foreground Aquarium Plants for Nano Tank Marsilea or Water Clover

Easy Foreground Aquarium Plants for Nano Tank Marsilea or Water Clover

Marsilea can live healthy under moderate lighting and a regular supply fertilizer. The good fertilizer for this plant is Seachem Flourish Excel. Injection CO2 and giving high light will make this plant more compact growth. If you kept this plant in a nano tank, you can use CO2 DIY because this fern is easy to keep. Easy Foreground Aquarium Plants for Nano Tank Marsilea or Water Clover

Easy Foreground Aquarium Plants for Nano Tank Marsilea or Water Clover

The planted methods when keeping this plant in the tank is making two to five centimeters long portions of the rhizome that is placed it into the substrate at regular distances. Spread is easy, new leaves and new rhizomes will establish on the portions that were first planted in the substrates. Plants cultivated emersed frequently need more time to acclimate, but after they adapted to their new environment, they will continue to grow. Then, all floating leaves and emersed leaves must be cut. Submersed plants may also develop long-stalked floating leaves, which should also be cut off. If this is done, the plant will stop developing the leaves.

Easy Foreground Aquarium Plants for Nano Tank Marsilea or Water Clover

Easy Foreground Aquarium Plants for Nano Tank Marsilea or Water Clover

Cultivating this plant in the emersed method is possible on a really moist substrate to wet substrate such as in shallow water, garden ponds also in containers outdoors. This aquatic plant can be kept as decorative plants with it floating leaves.

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Easy Foreground Aquarium Plants for Nano Tank Marsilea or Water Clover

Easy Foreground Aquarium Plants for Nano Tank Marsilea or Water Clover

Water clover is popular ground cover aquarium plants in different styles of the aquascape. In the shaded zone or under insufficient lighting, they tend to grow to grow long leaf stem with leaves divided into 2, 3 or 4 parts, which can be cut off.

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That’s all about Marsilea or commonly called Water Clover is one of Easy Foreground Aquarium Plants. You can see how to planting marsilea in the video below:

Plant Profile:

  • Major group: Monilophytes
  • Order: Salviniales
  • Family: Marsileaceae
  • Genus: Marsilea
  • Binomial Name: Marsilea spp.
  • Common Name: Water clover (several species), Nardoo (several species)
  • Origin: Australia, Asia, Africa, Europe
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Grow Rate: Medium
  • Lighting Needs: Medium-High
  • Temperature Tolerance: 18 – 30° C
  • Optimum Temperature: 20 – 26°C
  • Carbonate Hardness: 0 – 14° dKH
  • pH: 5 – 8
  • Carbon Dioxide: 10-40 mg/l
  • Nitrate: 10-50 mg/l
  • Phosphate: 0.1-3 mg/l
  • Potassium: 5-30 mg/l
  • Iron: 0.01 – 0.5 mg/l
  • Propagation: Runners, Cutting off daughter plants, Splitting
  • Plant Type: Creeping stem or Rhizome
  • Can grow emersed?: Yes
  • Suitable for Beginners: Yes
  • Availability: Available commercially
  • Potioning In Aquarium: Foreground, Nano tanks, Groundcover, Midground, Group
  • Habitat Plant Type: Fern, Rhizome, Creeping Stem