people may have these plants, particularly
if they are very heavily interested in planted
aquariums. Check for an aquarium club,
or better yet, an aquatic-plant club. There
are also places online where you can order
these plants, and even a few local shops
may sometimes carry them. Since they are
relatively hard to come by at this point,
they are generally more expensive than
some of the other aquarium plants you
may be used to buying, and they also
typically come in very small quantities.
Don’t be shocked when you open an order
and find some tiny zippered baggies and
small squares of plastic canvas with your
dollop of plants squished between. This is
standard for these plants right now—it’s
the law of supply and demand. The good
news is that as more aquarists are growing
liverwort, it becomes more plentiful and
prices drop. Those plants that are doing
the best in hobbyist tanks will come down
more quickly than those that are harder to
grow. Sometimes it’s hard to find the plants
you want, but perseverance will usually
eventually pay off.
with a branching, irregular wavy shape.
The plant stays on the bottom of the tank
and doesn’t need to be tied down like
Riccia. It will even attach itself to gravel,
rocks, or wood, with the aid of rhizoids.
If you have active or larger fish, or a lot
of water movement in your aquarium due
to filtration, then you may have some
trouble with parts of the plant finding their
way around and growing in other places
throughout your aquarium. As with all the
aquarium liverworts, you can use mesh or
fishing line to keep it more contained.
This is a beautiful and very small
liverwort that has started to become
available. It’s currently being identified
This was previously sold and referred
to as Pellia endiviifolia or round Pellia,
but was then identified to the aquarium
community on the Tropica website as
Monosolenium tenerum. There are also
claims that this plant is from the genus
Metzgeria; sometimes it’s just hard to
find out what your plants’ true names
are. Whatever you call it, this plant is a
wonderful addition for your aquarium,
and I highly recommend it.
Many of the new creeping and ground-cover plants can be difficult to grow, but
this wonderful liverwort is easy to grow,
even in a very simple planted aquarium.
Its size makes it useful in traditional large
aquariums and the new popular micro
aquariums. This is a liverwort that can
be grown in almost any planted tank.
The first time I got it I put it into one of
my aquariums with additional CO and
fertilizers. The second batch went into a
tank with just some potting soil beneath
the substrate. Now I’ve got a little starting
to grow in tanks throughout the fishroom,
including those with only gravel substrate
and no additional added fertilizers.
This liverwort grows in pillow-like
mounds. It’s rather unusual looking and
adds a bit of mystery to the aquarium. The
leaf-like thallus is medium olive green,
A mix of low-growing plants covers the bottom of this aquarium. Riccia fluitans, seen pearling, is
mixed with Glossostigma elatinoides and Ranunculus inundatus, and Blyxa japonica and Hottonia
palustris are in the background.
Round pellia, which is probably not really a Pellia species at all, is an unusual-looking plant that’s
easy to grow, making it a great addition to your planted aquarium.