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Introducing Elatine gussonei

Is anyone else keeping this cool little foreground plant? I'm finding it a bit tricky, much like it's cousin hydropiper, though quite rewarding when it is doing well.


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All my wants....all of them. These small Elatine species seem to be the perfect glosso replacement for smaller tanks. They also look like a nice alternative to HC.

What's the care like? How do they root vs HC (straight down or strong, branched roots)? How fast does it spread? Easy to propagate?
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Very nice Aaron, what the difference between this is the Hydropiper?

And looks like your Erio parkeri ? spilt it self back there
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How is this different from Glossostigma Elatinoides? Looks the same to me. I have a carpet from this plant.
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How is this different from Glossostigma Elatinoides? Looks the same to me. I have a carpet from this plant.
The leaves are about half the size comapred to glosso.
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I see, but it looks the same otherwise? Apart from its slow growing?
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They also remain low and dense. Judging by the coloring, i'd say its less tolerant of shadowing than glosso otherwise would be.

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It does look like Glosso, but the leaf size is about 1/5 the size. It doesn't grow slow, it's just not easy to grow. It needs bright light and plenty of nutrients.

It's even a little bit smaller than hydropiper which has a more ovate leaf shape. The leaves of gussonei are more circular.

Here's one more pic I took just now to show the leaf size.

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what substrate do you grow it in? ADA AS?
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Thanks for the picture, now I can see better the difference.
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what substrate do you grow it in? ADA AS?
I've grown it in mineralized topsoil capped with pool filter sand and mineralized topsoil capped with Aquasoil. They seem to do equally well.

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Very pretty, does it grow emmersed?
Id love to have some of this, are you planning on trading/selling?
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Very pretty, does it grow emmersed?
Id love to have some of this, are you planning on trading/selling?
Yes, it can be grown emergent.

I am planning on trading and selling it. Probably in the early spring time I'll have enough to offer.

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Yes, it can be grown emergent.

I am planning on trading and selling it. Probably in the early spring time I'll have enough to offer.
Thanks, that should be around the time i get my tank up and running, so ill shoot ya a PM when the time comes.
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I'm curious how this is doing for those of you who got some from me recently?

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