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post #10 of (permalink) Old 10-16-2012, 06:22 AM
Algae Grower
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 43
You definitely need more light if you are trying to grow a carpet. Also what substrate are you using? and filter? DIY CO2 can be a pain to automate, have you found any solution? I use a c02 regulator by Aquatek, they work great but then you also need to invest in a CO2 source and CO2 diffuser. Marsilea is a great choice for a carpet, you can also go with hairgrass, baby tears, micro swords, or glossostigma. They all need strong lights and at least 3bbl/sec CO2. Success growing a carpet and avoiding algae is determined by good filtration, fertilization, good maintenance (trimming and water changes), and the right balance of light and CO2. Get some nerite snails and amanos, maybe ottos. They help a lot
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