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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-25-2013, 06:00 PM Thread Starter
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Carpet in a low tech system

Is anyone using any carpeting type plants in a low tech system? I am setting up a 20L with some t5ho lights. I will run a diy CO2 but not really looking to go any farther with CO2
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-25-2013, 06:16 PM
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i keep dwarf hair grass in one and it grows better in there than my high tech tank
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post #3 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-25-2013, 06:43 PM
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Doing DHG in aquasoil, 2x13W cfl's over a 10gal, root tabs and excel and the runners are taking off all over.

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Doing DHG in aquasoil, 2x13W cfl's over a 10gal, root tabs and excel and the runners are taking off all over.
That is good to know, I'm on the fence if I can pull off growing DHG

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Moss, especially Christmas.

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good info guys, im about to start a mini tank and am looking for an easy to plant and maintain carpet. Can someone post what the various acronyms mean? Makes it easier when googling
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Moss and Marsilea species should work fine in low-tech.
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For my 5.5g, I am dry starting HC and glosso with MGOPS capped with Eco as substrate. Should I use root tabs? How long do root tabs last before you put in more of them in the substrate?

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post #9 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-27-2013, 02:16 AM
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For those of you doing low tech and growing DHG and having it flourish can you tell me what I'm doing wrong?

I can't even get my Marsilea minuta to grow. I tried L. maurtiana which is a microsword I think?? and it died.

How come in some low-tech situations you can grow lawns and other more demanding plants but I can't seem to duplicate this with my tank? All I'm able to grow is anubias pretty much.
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I just put in a ton of dwarf sag for a carpet in my 55g low tech
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I've got some lilaeopsis m. starting to grow after several months of rehab, 2 13w 6500k bulbs in a ten gallon incandescent hood.
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I just planted a ton of dwarf sag in my 55 g low tech
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Carpet in a low tech system

I'm doing low tech with a ton of light (23w over a 1 gallon + 2.5 gallon)
dhg belem and HM have both carpeted for me...
I even found a piece of stray glosso growing in there...
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I picked up the some plants today. I am doing a dry start method. I'm moving 3 to 4 months from now and will be doinf the DSM for that long. The plants I picked up are C Parva and microswords. I will see how it goes.
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Carpet in a low tech system

microswords will survive in low light, so will crypts
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