small leaved stem plant - suggestions please

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I have hemianthus micranthemoides in my tank already and this is perfect for me as a midground stem. The leaves are small and really compact. As the tank is low tech it only needs trimming once a month to keep it low (no higher than 3" at any point). I am slowly cultivating a dense bushy path with it.

I want to create a second path and am looking for another plant species along the same lines - compact growth, likes being topped and replanted, and the smaller leaves the better. All suggestions welcome!

The low tech aspect of my tank will limit me in some ways; for instance I have found that Rotala rotundifolia does not like these conditions. Then again it may help me in others; maybe glosso would grow straight up and work quite well?!

I am running a gravel substrate with 1wpg T5 with no CO2 or carbon added.

Plants I am considering:
Micranthemum umbrosum
Rotala sp green - will this go the same way as rotala rotundifolia or is it less forgiving of no CO2?
Marsilea hirsuta
Glosso.

Stems I am not considering as I have already:
HC (this is growing incredibly slowly, but it is growing nonetheless and amazingly growing horizontally not upwards! :wideyed: )
downoi
staurogyne
Hemianthus micranthemoides
 

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Staurogyne would get my vote mate. Lovely plant that will grow slow or quite fast depending on conditions. I have some in my shrimp tank which I haven't trimmed for over 5 months, yet the patch I moved from there to my 90cm more higher tech tank is growing much faster (still not lightning speed though). It'll stay nice and compact :)

Some say that it needs to be hacked right back when the lower leaves start to go a bit funny, but I've not really noticed this problem (probably not looking close enough :lol:)
 

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Couldn't agree more, Staurogyne is a great little plant. Only problem is I have that in the tank already :lol:
EDIT - under CO2 I found the lower leaves stayed good on mine... but I pulled them off and it stimulated really good bushy growth.
 

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I like the Glossostigma idea! Could make a nice little bush. Probably look a bit more natural than the way we normally keep it (trimmed low). Amano is using it as a taller plant in the last (?) catalogue (the last one I've got anyway).

Mark
 

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There goes 'ol Takashi San copying my ideas again :rolleyes: I will have to have words with him when we are next on the phone :lol:
 

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I love Micranthemum umbrosum, and it compliments HM in my opinion.

Dave.
 

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Cheers Dave.
Micrathenthemum is top of my list so far. So it is good to hear that it compliments the HM :)
 

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small'ish, but not in the same league of smallness as HM. It is incredibly compact though, leaves can be within a mm of each other. It does normally grow straight up but (IME) if you put it in a shaded spot it creeps towards the light, but oddly still remains compact while doing so.
 

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Mirophylum Mezianum gets my vote, it's stunning.
 

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Dan Crawford said:
Mirophylum Mezianum gets my vote, it's stunning.
ooh ooh ooh! a plant I have never heard of. (EDIT - have found it on google now!)

nry said:
Go on, be a devil, give me a rough size in mm/cm/inches ;)
What a plonker I am, rambling away without actually answering the question :oops: ... up to about 2cm long :)
 

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That Myriophillum looks gorgeous.

I am now getting a list of multiple plants I will be looking for (via the wants\swaps section) rather than just one :rolleyes: So far it is Myriophillum Mezianum and Micranthemum Umbrosum...
 

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