ABC PLANTS - Glossostigma elatinoides

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The quintessential and easiest carpeting plant in the hobby. Grows very dense and fast under the proper conditions. This plant is arguable singlehandedly responsible for the contemporary aquascaping aesthetic from Nature Aquariums to Iwagumi. 


Glossostigma is easier, faster growing and spreads more consistently than many other similar carpeting options such as HC Cuba, 'Monte Carlo' or UG. If you want a thick, lush carpet plant that will fill your tank in mere weeks with sparkling, pearling green leaves. Glosso is absolutely the best way to go!


It is easy to see why this plant caused a revolution in aquascaping.



Difficulty: Moderate

Type: Carpeting stem plant

Size: 2.5cm height, 5 - 10cm width

Position and Usage: Foreground, carpet

Growth Rate: Fast to Very fast

Lighting: 3/5-5/5

Water Conditions: pH 5-7, 22-33°C, soft to moderately hard water (adaptable)

CO2: Recommended

Propagation: Rapidly spreading runners

Special requirements: For maintaining the perfect carpet, regular nitrate, phosphate, iron and micronutrient supplementation is recommended for this fast growing, nutrient hungry plant. CO2 supplementation recommended especially for tall tanks. Shallower tanks with frequent water changes may not require additional CO2

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