Fresh Water Aquarium Foreground Plants “Elatine Triandra or Three-stamen Waterwort”

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Fresh Water Aquarium Foreground Plants “Elatine Triandra or Three-stamen Waterwort” – The Elatine Triandra or also called Three-stamen waterwort is one of small creeping aquatic plant that can be planted as the foreground or carpet plant in tank. This aquarium plant native to the tropical climate zone, start from Northern America over Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand.

In their natural habitat, Elatine Triandra grows on bare loam soils in ponds, rice fields that fall dry periodically and are often rather low in nutrients and also live in rivers. E. triandra has stem plant around 1/2 to 1 inch which it has a bright green color, easy to grow that make this foreground plant the right choice in any size aquarium.

This aquatic plant has elongated leaves and also has stem’s end like rosette which that make this plant as a unique foreground plant. The E. Triandra is a relatively rare plant and hard to find it in the trade. This aquarium plant can be obtained from fellow hobbyists.

Fresh Water Aquarium Foreground Plants "Elatine Triandra or Three-stamen Waterwort"

Fresh Water Aquarium Foreground Plants “Elatine Triandra or Three-stamen Waterwort”

This carpet plant should be planted in the tank with rich nutrient, use high lighting, rich macro fertilizer, enough CO2 injection, and rich iron supplementation. If anyone of these materials isn’t supplied, the E. Triandra will melt and disappear. Even you use rich nutrition substrate like ADA Amazonia Soil. The additional fertilizer must be dosed into the aquarium water.

Fresh Water Aquarium Foreground Plants "Elatine Triandra or Three-stamen Waterwort"

Fresh Water Aquarium Foreground Plants “Elatine Triandra or Three-stamen Waterwort”

The Elatine Triandra is used especially as a foreground aquarium plant. This plant can be used along with other foreground plants which have different leaf shape and height to improve the appearance in the foreground area. They grow fast and will run along the substrate and also fill all available space in the tank. If you don’t trim this plant regularly, they will grow over itself then covering the under layer. It will make all of the bottom parts from these plants detached from the substrate.

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Fresh Water Aquarium Foreground Plants "Elatine Triandra or Three-stamen Waterwort"

Fresh Water Aquarium Foreground Plants “Elatine Triandra or Three-stamen Waterwort”

E. Trianda is categorized as a stem plant, so propagation of this foreground plant is easy. You can cut anywhere along with the stem parts of this plant and planting on available space. There is two way to planting the E. Triandra in the tank. The first you can be shallowly planted. And the second way is gently weighed down planted until that plant touches to the substrate which it’s a space for roots will form and take hold.

When planting the elatine triandra to the substrates you should use the aquascape tweezers. It will facilitate you planting this ground cover plants.

Fresh Water Aquarium Foreground Plants Elatine Triandra or Three-stamen Waterwort

Fresh Water Aquarium Foreground Plants “Elatine Triandra or Three-stamen Waterwort”

Use the substrate with rich nutrients like ADA Soil to make this plant grow healthy and strong because of the foreground plant types need more nutrients from the substrate. You may also add the liquid fertilizer and tablets fertilizer to help this plant grow up maximum. Besides that, this freshwater plant also needs CO2 injection and need a medium or high lighting to keep growing up.

That is all about the Elatine Triandra which it’s one of the good choice Fresh Water Aquarium Foreground Plants. To see the detail about this foreground plant, watch the video below:

Plant Profile:

  • Major group: Angiosperms
  • Order: Malpighiales
  • Family: Elatinaceae
  • Genus: Elatine
  • Botanical Name: Elatíne triándra Schkuhr
  • Synonyms Name: Echinodorus bolivianus (Rusby) Holm-Niels., Alisma bolivianum Rusby
  • Common Name: Ah Pek’s plant, Three-stamen waterwort
  • Origin: Northern America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Growth: Fast
  • Lighting Needs: Medium – High
  • Temperature Tolerance: 10- 28° C
  • Optimum Temperature: 18 – 24°C
  • Carbonate Hardness: 2- 14° dKH
  • pH: 5 – 7.5
  • Carbon Dioxide: 20 – 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, Seeds, Splittings
  • Plant Type: Rosette, Rhizome or Creeping Stem
  • Can grow emersed?: Yes
  • Suitable for Beginners: Yes
  • Availability: Available commercially
  • Potioning In Aquarium: Foreground, Nano Tanks, Ground Cover, Midground, Group