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Lomariopsis cf. lineata

Lomariopsis fern prothallium

Lomariopsis cf. lineata

Lomariopsis fern prothallium

  • Also known as "Suesswassertang"
  • An exceptional fern gametophyte
  • Almost like seaweed, translucent
  • Forms cushions of interesting apperance
  • Easy to grow
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Description

The "Suesswassertang" ("Freshwater seaweed") is an exceptional aquarium plant that became known in Germany first, but likely originates from tropical Asia. It is neither a moss nor an algae but the prothallium (gametophyte) stage of a fern of the genus Lomariopsis. It can be used like Monosolenium tenerum, but it has several advantages over the latter: the thalli are far less brittle and will attach themselves to decorative material with their rhizoids. The freshly green cushions of Lomariopsis cf. lineata with their transparent, roundish branches are an eyecatcher in every aquarium.

The Lomariopsis prothallium does not grow too slowly and has no special requirements. However it looks best when grown with at least medium strong lighting and good CO2 and nutrient supply. With very low light it will form rather narrow, strap-shaped branchings.

Lomariopsis cf. lineata is variously applicable: tied on rock or wood, or stuffed into the gaps of the hardscape. Grown on moss pads, it makes even an unusual ground cover. Too big cushions are easily reduced by picking or cutting. Loose masses of the "Suesswassertang" are also useful in breeding tanks.

Please be aware that the submerse form of this plant could contain snails and other invertebrates.

So-called "Suesswassertang", "Loma fern" or "round pellia" is neither a moss nor an algae, but the prothallium (gamethophyte) of a fern. Its carreer in the hobby began when it was discovered by Christel Kasselmann in one of her own aquaria in around 2001. She propagated it and gave parts of it to other aquarists (Kasselmann 2007). Soon this plant spread among hobbyists in all the world. Sellers on the Internet created the botanically entirely erroneous but highly popular name "Suesswassertang". It is unknown where the plant Christel Kasselmann found in her tank originally comes from; it is possible that it was introduced with plants from nature or from an aquatic plant nursery.

In 2007, a team of researchers was able to partially clear up this plant's identity: 97% of the DNA sequences they examined were identical to those of the fern Lomariopsis lineata, which is found in... (read more)

Common names Lomariopsis prothallium, Suesswassertang, ''Subwassertang'', Loma fern, ''Round Pellia''
Family Lomariopsidaceae
Genus Lomariopsis
Difficulty very easy
Usage Epiphyte (growing on hardscape), Midground, Nano tanks, Foreground, group
Growth slow
pH value 5 - 7
Temperature tolerance 15 - 30°C
Carbonate hardness 0 - 14°dKH
General hardness 0 - 30°dGH
Propagation Splitting, cutting off daughter plants
Can grow emersed? yes
Source Flowgrow
Common names
Lomariopsis prothallium, Suesswassertang, ''Subwassertang'', Loma fern, ''Round Pellia''
Family
Lomariopsidaceae
Genus
Lomariopsis
Difficulty
very easy
Usage
Epiphyte (growing on hardscape), Midground, Nano tanks, Foreground, group
Growth
slow
pH value
5 - 7
Temperature tolerance
15 - 30°C
Carbonate hardness
0 - 14°dKH
General hardness
0 - 30°dGH
Propagation
Splitting, cutting off daughter plants
Can grow emersed?
yes
Source
Flowgrow

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I. S.
A must have
7th July 2018
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Lomariopsis cf. lineata - Portion

Beautiful and incredibly easy. I had never cultivated it because in Italy it is not found on the market.

I recommend it to everyone.

Angela G.
sehr zu Empfehlen
22nd April 2018
Lomariopsis cf. lineata - Portion
Lomariopsis cf. lineata - Portion

Die Ware ist wie versprochen eingetroffen

Sattes Grün entwickelt sich super

Grosse Portion kann ich nur sehr empfehlen

Schnell und gut verpackt eingetroffen

Albert G.
Sehr gute Qualität
7th January 2018
Lomariopsis cf. lineata - Portion
Lomariopsis cf. lineata - Portion

Pflanzenmenge und Qualität waren top. Da gibts nicht zu meckern. Empfehenswert. Lieferung war schnell und Verpackung auch gut. Preisleistungsverhältnis sehr gut.

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