Limnophila sp. ‘Mini’

September 19th, 2008

I got Limnophila sp. ‘Mini’ a couple months ago from another hobbyist. This is another plant that’s pretty new to the hobby. I’ve been a long time fan of Limnophila aromatica, and the ‘Mini’ variety shares some resemblances to that plant. They both have serrated edges on their leaves, and both turn a beautiful bronze to purple color, depending on the nitrates in the tank.

Limnophila sp. 'Mini'

I’ve kept Limnophila sp. ‘Mini’ in my 40G tank with the earthworm castings substrate. The growth has been slow, but steady, and the plant is absolutely gorgeous. It’s in the back of the tank, surrounded by other plants, so it was hard to get a good picture. I suspect that if I put it in a tank with daily fertilization, that it would grow much faster. There aren’t as many leaves per node as L. aromatica, and the leaves themselves are slightly smaller. I am really looking forward to having a sizable quantity of this plant, so that it can be a big part of a future aquascape. I think Limnophila sp. ‘Mini’ has quite a bit of aquascaping potential! Definitely try it, if you find it available.

4 Responses to “Limnophila sp. ‘Mini’”

  1. Wickberg Says:

    I had som in my tank but the algeas almost whiped them out. But I managed to salvage some stems that I now grow emersed. And I agree, it´s a beautiful plant!

  2. guitarfish Says:

    Nice. How does it look emersed?

  3. Chris Says:

    Thats great. Ive been looking for info on this plant. Does it get more red with lower nitrates? or the other way around?

  4. guitarfish Says:

    It should (as most plants) get more red with lower nitrates. This isn’t necessarily a good thing, but rather an easy way to know when to dose more nitrates. 🙂