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A general description

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Micro Sword is particularly sought plant for the aquarium.

It grows well in various conditions of temperature – light. That is why many aquarists paying attention to her. Even a beginner aquarist can handle with breeding this plant.

Just as easily grown this plant is and so it is easily propagated.

Suitable for small and large aquariums, strongly heated and unheated (cold) Well suited to the bowl because it withstands all manipulations as washing and removals.  In addition, growing even in very low light conditions.

Micro Sword its a foreground plant.

Other species

Lilaeopsis type includes several species occurring in North America, China, Mauritius and South America. The best known species are:

Lilaeopsis carolinensis – Carolina grasswort

Lilaeopsis chinensis – Eastern grasswort

Lilaeopsis masonii – Mudflat quillplant

Lilaeopsis occidentalis – Western grasswort

Lilaeopsis schaffneriana – Schaffner’s grassword

Other species of Lilaeopsis:

L. ammi · L. andina · L. attenuata · L. australica ·· L. brisbanica · L. brownii · L. carolinensis var. attenuata · L. carolinensis var. minor · L. fistulosa · L. hillii · L. lacustris · L. lineata · L. lineata var. occidentalis · L. macloviana · L. masonii (Mason’s Lilaeopsis) · L. mauritiana · L. minor · L. occidentalis (Western Lilaeopsis) · L. orbicularis · L. patagonica · L. polyantha · L. recurva · L. ruthiana · L. schaffneriana subsp. recurva (Schaffner’s Grasswort) · L. schaffneriana schaffneriana (Schaffner’s Grasswort) · L. schaffneriana subsp. recurva · L. schaffneriana var. aquatica (Huachuca Water-Umbel) · L. schaffneriana var. recurva (Schaffner’s Grasswort) · L. schaffneriana var. subterrestris (Huachuca Water-Umbel) · L. sinuata · L. ulei.

Micro sword grows very intensively. In a short time forms a dense green area.  It is a typical plant of “lawn” is used to cover selected areas of the aquarium.

It achieves small size, only a few centimeters, so we plant in front of the aquarium.

Which aquarium?

Lilaeopsis we may plant on  different types of aquariums. Suitable for unheated aquarium.and aquarium with discus. It is the perfect plant to plant in the bowl and also  looks great in large aquariums. Grows equally well in small tanks. Can complement mosses in the aquarium with shrimp. Micro sword is not eaten by fish. This is an important feature because some fish can consume green decor of our aquarium. This follows from the following characteristics of this plant:

1. Is resistant to temperature fluctuations, grows in very cold water and heated.

2. Water hardness does not matter

3. It tolerates a wide range of water pH most commonly found in aquariums

4. Not requiring the large amount of light. It grows in brightly lit aquariums and no-light bowls.


The picture shows the goldfish bowl. The plants that grow there are: Elodea canadensis,  Anubias, and of course Micro sword.

Lilaeopsis despite the frequent interference in the environment of the bowl such as frequent water changes as well as frequent rinsing the substrate witch made of heavy stones, (goldfish in this very short time a few minutes goes to the bucket) is pretty good, forms a dense turf. Please note that the goldfish bowl does not have any lighting. The only light is the light coming through the window. A few meters away. Once a week the water in the sphere was completely replaced.The walls were cleaned with a sharp ball spongeor a rocky cleaned under running water. So acute treatments, and mostly it was about care of gold fish, did not negatively affect growth Lilaeopsis.


 Leafs of Lilaeopsis are flat, narrow at the base, widening towards the top. At the top are tightened. The leaves are light green in color. The leaves grow out of tiny branches.  At the base of the leaves grow small size roots. Although the leaves are inconspicuous, plant abolishes perfectly all beauty treatments such as propagation and transplanting.


 Lilaeopsis roots are inconspicuous white.They are distributed at intervals of a few centimeters on branches, exactly where grow the leafs.In the photo are visible beam of white delicate roots.Despite such inconspicuous root system does not prevent the expansive growth of a plant.  When planting, the roots must be completely immersed in the substrate.  Positively affects the process of rooting a slight trimming of roots with scissors.


It is a plant that does not require special care. For proper growth, Lilaeopsis only need amount of nutrients naturally provided by the fish. Additional fertilizer is not needed. The same applies to light.  Any amount of light will satisfy the needs of the plant.  Of course, a large amount of light will stimulate the growth of plants and cause its rapid growth. It is not necessary feeding plants with carbon dioxide. But increasing the amount of light and carbon dioxide fertilization will affect positively on the growth of plants. Lilaeopsis is a aquarium plant that belongs to the carpet plant type.  We plant it most often in front of the aquarium. In order to set green carpet space.  Periodically remove excess of plants. Sometimes it happens that Lilaeopsis release stems above the ground. All we can then do is to manually dig in the ground or just take scissors and cut them.

Commercial Material

The basic material is commercially grown in potted plants in rockwool. How look plants which we sell you see on the pictures.

In such a convenient substrate, plants produce a strong root system. Suitable conditions for breeding make the aquarist or wholesaler get dense and strong plants. In future planting of such plants does not cause problems because, unlike the plants uprooted from the soil in potted plants May intact root system and continue to further growth in the new aquarium.


There is more foreground plants. Take a look at our online Store.

You can buy there:

Utricularia gramminifolia

Pogostemom helferi – Downoi

Eleocharis parvula – Dwarf spikerush

Didiplis diandra – Blood Stargrass

Elatine hydropiper – Waterwort

Eleocharis acicularis – Dwarf hairgrass

30 x Foreground – Lilaeopsis novae-zelandiae

Eleocharis vivipara – Hairgrass

Marsilea quadrifolia – Four Leaf Clover

Sagittaria subulata

Micranthemum umbrosum

Glossostigma elatinoides

Echinodorus tenellus


Hemianthus callitrichoides ” Cuba ” aquarium plant

Riccia fluitans – Crystalwort