Glossostigma elatinoides


Glossostigma elatinoides

Glossostigma elatinoides

Glossostigma elatinoides


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Foreground plant recommended for beginners because of its quick growth.

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Glossostigma elatinoides is a very popular plant for Japanese-style tanks. It is one of the smallest aquarium plants, which makes it ideal for the foreground. A difficult-to-care-for plant that needs a lot of light. If the lighting is too weak, it tends to grow upwards. Must not be shaded off by larger plants. When planting, make small tufts (approx. 1/8 of the pot) and plant at a distance of only a few centimetres. Thus you will get a ground-covering group in less time. The injection of CO2 and soft water enhance growth considerably.

High lighting and Co2 injection is necessary to keep this plant low growing. Vertical growing thin stalks are an indication of lack of lighting while yellowing leaves can mean nutrition deficiency. Thin leaves can also hint at a lack of Co2. This plant can grow quickly and require regular trimming when kept under proper conditions.

This plant can grow submerged or emersed in dry start aquariums and Wabi Kusa. Because this plant is small with tiny roots, it can prove difficult to keep planted into the substrate. In this case, dry start can help by allowing time for the roots to anchor into the substrate before flooding the tank.

Common namesSmall mud-mat, Glosso
SynonymsTricholoma elatinoides Bentham
Complete botanical nameGlossostigma elatinoides (Benth.) Hook. f.
UsageNano tanks, Foreground, group, Foreground, ground cover
Aquascapingforms a small-leaved carpet
pH value4 – 7
Temperature tolerance4 – 30°C
Carbonate hardness0 – 14°dKH
General hardness0 – 30°dGH
PropagationRunners, Cuttings, Splitting, cutting off daughter plants
Can grow emersed?yes



Aqua Design Amano (ADA) is the premium brand in aquascaping and Nature Aquaria. The company was founded by Takashi Amano, who applied the elements of the Japanese art of gardening to planting and decorating aquaria. For Takashi Amano, clearly the focus is on creating especially attractive habitats with his Nature Aquaria and aquascapes. The products manufactured by Aqua Design Amano (ADA) are of a very high quality, they complement the overall effect such a Nature Aquarium has on its contemplators, and they complete the artistic impression of the layout.


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