Hydrocotyle tripartita ‘Japan’ Tissue Culture

Hydrocotyle tripartita, also known in the aquarium trade as Hydrocotyle Japan, has been in the hobby for a number of years and is popular among the aquascaping crowd due to its attractive foliage and easy upkeep.

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It has green lobed leaves that make it look similar to terrestrial clover plants. Hydrocotyle triparta propagates very quickly through runners. Trimming or allowing the plant to bunch up allows it to form dense mats. It can be used as a carpeting plant, but is more commonly used as a midground bush.

Hydrocotyle tripartita is very easy to grow in CO2 injected tanks. In most cases, its fast grow rates and that its runners will spread anywhere they can, makes it a troublesome plant to keep in place. It can be grown in non CO2 injected tanks but will generally be thinner and form less dense clumps. The plant can be planted onto the substrate, but it grows very well being attached onto hardscape as well. It can be glued or tangled into cracks in rocks, and the roots will entangle onto the hardscape over time. The advantage of using it on hardscape is that it will grow a bit more slowly, which makes it easier to control.