Monosolenium Tenerum, Loose

Monosolenium Tenerum, Loose

  • Synonyms: Pellia endiviifolia (erroneous)
  • Hardiness: Easy
  • Light Needs: Low
  • Plant Structure: Moss / Fern
  • Family: Monoseleniaceae
  • Genus: Monosolenium
  • Region: Asia
  • Location: Asia
  • Size: Size: Infinite
  • Growth Rate: Medium
  • Can Be Grown Emersed: Yes

Monosolenium tenerum is a naturally rare sinking liverwort native to Asia. It was introduced to the hobby by Tropica as Pellia endiviafolia in 2002 and immediately became quite popular. Only later was it discovered that the plant is in fact Monosolenium tenerum. Although it is available commercially in the rest of the world, it remains a plant best obtained from other hobbyists in the United States.

Monosolenium tenerum could be described as a larger, darker, sinking version of Riccia fluitans. It is not difficult to grow and does well under a wide variety of conditions. However, it will grow much more robustly and look far more attractive in setups with ample light and carbon dioxide. It has no apparent sensitivities but does tend to do better with moderate temperatures and a generous level of phosphate.

Monosolenium tenerum can be propagated without any problems through division. Of more interest and concern is the method of pruning. Unfortunately, Monosolenium tenerum does not attach to any substrate particularly well. While it can be simply turned loose in the aquarium (where it can become a major pest), it is far better to contain it in the same way one would Riccia. A good way to do that is to pile some on a flat stone and wrap with hairnet or thin fishing line. The finished product may not look nice at first, but will soon grow into an attractive and uniform shrub that can be easily trimmed. It is recommended that this be done outside the aquarium if at all possible. If not, try vacuuming excess bits away while trimming. Because Monosolenium tenerum is a popular hiding place for shrimp, be sure to examine the clump before passing some on (laying the whole thing down on a white styro lid works well). If the Monosolenium stone is allowed to grow too large, lower portions can die back. Since Monosolenium tenerum sinks naturally, it will not detach and float to the surface like Riccia.

Monosolenium tenerum is relatively versatile and can be used for fore and mid-ground plantings. Its dark green colouration provides a great contrast with lighter green foreground plants like Glossostigma elatinoides and Eleocharis parvulus. It looks good interspersed among such plants as variably sized hedges. Alternatively, it can be used as a true foreground plant, although that use is probably best reserved for larger tanks. 

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