Limnophila sp. vietnam
Limnophila vietnam is a small, creeping stem plant from Southeast Asia. It has attractive serrated foliage and takes trimming well. It can be used as a short foreground plant or mid sized midground bush. It has very flexible usage in aquascaping as it blends well with many other small plants and is easy to grow. It can be grown without CO2 as well.
The leaves turn slightly red with nitrate limitation as similar to other limnophila species.
KEY SUCCESS FACTORS
- Sufficient light (medium onwards)
- Avoid extreme water parameters
- Basic fertilization
Cut off the stem at an node some distance below the final height that you want the plant to grow to. Stagger the cutting height shorter at the front and taller at the back to get a nice slope. As new shoots appear on the cut stem base, cut off outlier shoots that do not match the slope of the cluster. Over time, this will produce neat bunches of plants.
Staggered trimming allows dense slopes to be created.
Limnophila aromatica (right) beside Ludwigia arcuata (left)
Limnophila aromatica is a good background filler with attractive foliage. Here, it contrasts sharply with Ludwigia sp. red and Myriophyllum 'Guyana'.
Under low nitrates, the topside of the leaves can turn significantly redder.