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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-15-2017, 03:49 AM Thread Starter
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questions about carpeting plant.

Hi. i don't know anything about plants and i was wondering if there is a carpeting plant that can grow with no CO2. i am trying dwarf baby tears but from what i have read i need CO2. i have pool sand as substrate. is a 120 gallon tank.
In the tank as far as plants goes i have java fern, anubias nana petite and hornwort.
i keep red cherry shrimp, cories and tetras in the tank.
the light i have has the following specs:

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-15-2017, 03:59 AM
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I'm having pretty good luck with my Dwarf Sag in a low-tech soil tank. It's not spreading fast, but it's definitely spreading.
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I've grown dwarf four leaf clover with a no co2 tank but if course it's slow because if no co2.


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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-16-2017, 05:08 AM Thread Starter
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so i might be able to grow dwarf baby tears but it would be slow?
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-16-2017, 11:27 AM
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I've had luck with dwarf sag., MM, Crypt. parva(in a 20L, you'd need like 100 pots! Would be so badass!!!) so you can definitely do it!! I guess the scale of your scape would make a lot of difference in which plants could be grown & considered to be looking like a carpet! You could probably pull off C. x willisii 'lucens' as a carpet plant and fill it in nicely! I've never used HC but I think it is a long shot in a low light, super deep, non-CO2 tank. I'd bet the heavy use of root tabs would greatly benefit any plants put in the substrate!


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I don't think you'll be able to grow dwarf baby tears in low light, they need high light and co2


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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-17-2017, 02:36 AM
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Marsilea Hirsuta!!

It carpets soo easily and I don't know why more people aren't using it!!!!
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Marsilea Hirsuta!!

It carpets soo easily and I don't know why more people aren't using it!!!!
Would you say this is easier than dwarf sag? The reason I ask, is because I tried a few "carpet" plants and the only thing that didn't die was dwarf sag. Even after being in the tank 6 months, it hasn't grown at all but does look healthy. As you can tell, I am really talking low tech here!
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