From Microcosm Aquarium Explorer

Glossostigma elatinoides - (Bentham, 1854)

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Lush, low-growing foreground species. MP & C Piednoir


Glosso is one of the tiniest of foreground plants. The low-growing Glosso is often used to carpet the substrate in bright aquaria.

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Native range:

Habitat: Marshy and boggy areas.

Maximum height: 2.5 cm (1 in)

Lighting: High to very high.

Water: Freshwater 22 °C (72 °F) - 26 °C (79 °F)


CO2 supplementation increases growth quickly.

Aquarium Compatibility

pH: mildly acidic; hardness: soft.

Special Care

The substrate should be fine and nutritious to increase density of the planting.


lateral shoots.


The higher the light, the more compact the growth with this plant. Lower light levels or shady areas will just cause it to melt. When planting in the aquarium, small bunches of Glosso should be planted deeply at intervals. Even though this is a tiny plant, it has the ability to form a dense carpet where it is planted, provided its need for light and nutrients are fulfilled. It is often planted in craft mesh to get it started so it doesn’t float around the tank. If you see that your Glosso is not performing according to your expectations, look to the lighting and check for overshadowing plants in the midground or background. Also try to set this plant in a CO2 supplemented environment.

Reference: 101 Best Aquarium Plants
Image credit: MPC
Text credit: MES