Micranthemum Monte Carlo is a creeping carpet plant with little round leaves. The genus Micranthemum is also known as mudflower.

It's been two months and my aquatic carpet isn't compact yet. I do need to trim it soon to let it divert its energy and nutrients to the lower creepers. Right now, I don't really mind because the tank inhabitants like to spend a lot of time in it!


This is Chicharrón, a leopard ramshorn snail.

She was calcium-deficient when I got her, but her new shell growth appears to be healthy and smooth. I feed her algae wafers, peas, and zucchini. She also ate all the Pogostemon helferi.



This is a gravid wild-type Neocaridina shrimp, full of eggs.

I'm not sure how many shrimp I have. Their markings are normally orange and brown, but they change colors a lot. Some of them are black right now. They all used to be blue when some of the tissue culture plant jelly got into the tank.

Below is a juvenile shrimp atop Chicharrón.


Micranthemum Monte Carlo is supposedly not very needy.

My setup is cheap, which is fine with me because I'm prone to really stupid things like spending eighty dollars a bunch of rocks (rocks > tech). I don't inject any CO2, but I do dose bioavailable intermediates via Excel, along with Flourish liquid fertilizer. I use a 9.5W 800-lumen LED light bulb in an old desk lamp, directed at the left side of the tank.

==A==ll plants in this aquarium include: 1. *Micranthemum sp.* 'Monte Carlo' (65-85°F, pH 5.0-7.0) 2. *Anubias barteri var. nana* 'Petite' (72-82°F, pH 6.0-7.5) 3. *Hydrocotyle tripartita* 'Japan' (72-82°F, pH 6.0-7.7) 4. MAYBE *Pogostemon helferi* 'Downoi' (68-86°F, pH 5.5-6.0)
  1. One Betta splendens from Southeast Asia (75-86°F, ph 6.8-7.4)
  2. Two Otocinclus sp. from South America (72-79°F, pH 6.8-7.5)
  3. Many wild-type Neocaridina davidi (60-85°F, pH 6.5-8.0)
  4. One Planorbidae sp. (70-78°F, pH 7.0-7.5)