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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-30-2015, 10:39 PM Thread Starter
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HC carpeting question

hey guys! I was wondering if it would be possible to carpet HC with the finnex Stingrays 12" in a small tank under 5g.

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What do you think? Is it possible?
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-30-2015, 10:52 PM
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Good CO2 will be the main thing once it's submerged. A Stingray might be enough light @ 10" or less, any higher than that.....idk
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a standard 5 gallon can't be more then 12" high when empty. assuming you have a inch or so of substraight your looking at 10-11". With proper c02 HC can be grown in medium high light instead of high light. However not as well, With your current light it could be 50-50. but HC is such a great plant id say give it a try. Just don't buy a whole lot in case it docent survive.
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I was thinking of using it on a tank probably about 12" high, and substate 1-2 Inches with DIY CO2. I'm considering it lol... I tried dwarf Hairgrass and it whet horribly for me though.
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Just from my own personal experience DHG needs more light than HC. Ive been able to grow some nice HC at 40-ish PAR with good CO2 and ferts. That's about what you'll have with a Stingray @ 10". DHG never works out for me at this level of light. Good CO2 is essential though.
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I was thinking of using it on a tank probably about 12" high, and substate 1-2 Inches with DIY CO2. I'm considering it lol... I tried dwarf Hairgrass and it whet horribly for me though.
I have found DIY c02 is rather unstable. Super difficult to keep a balanced c02 level in the tank and is often more work then a pressurized system. Aquatic has a co2 system made to fit paint ball tanks for like $120. DIY c02 might be able to grow some HC but remember plants like stability as well.

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Just from my own personal experience DHG needs more light than HC. Ive been able to grow some nice HC at 40-ish PAR with good CO2 and ferts. That's about what you'll have with a Stingray @ 10". DHG never works out for me at this level of light. Good CO2 is essential though.
Yes! DHG for me has always been a bit more picky when it comes to lights as well. And like he stated a good c02 level is needed for HC.

Perhaps look into Marsilea crenata. it carpets alright and docent need much c02, and can do well in medium lighting. Granted it won't carpet as low and tight as HC but also it is easier to grow
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Thanks for all the info gluys! So from what I'm hearing trying HC is a no Go?
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Try monte carlo looks similar easier to grow
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I will! ItS beautiful hopefully I can find Some.
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I think you'll be fine with the specs you mentioned in the first post, Julie.
If you need more light than the Finnex puts out, you can lean a desklamp with a 9 to 13 W CFL over the tank to suppliment it.
And if you find that one DIY CO2 is not enough, add a second bottle.
That's the beauty of nano tanks: you can improvise cheap and easy.
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I think you'll be fine with the specs you mentioned in the first post, Julie.
If you need more light than the Finnex puts out, you can lean a desklamp with a 9 to 13 W CFL over the tank to suppliment it.
And if you find that one DIY CO2 is not enough, add a second bottle.
That's the beauty of nano tanks: you can improvise cheap and easy.
Thanks so much ugly!

For the dry start method, is there a certain schedule you would recommends?
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Usually, a smaller tank will fill up pretty quickly. About a month and a half, two months max. You don't have to worry about algae so you can leave the lights on for twelve hours a day without problems.
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If lighting is adequate, is there a chance you can grow an HC carpet on bioavailable carbon? I have pressurized CO2 for the record. I'm just curious.

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Usually, a smaller tank will fill up pretty quickly. About a month and a half, two months max. You don't have to worry about algae so you can leave the lights on for twelve hours a day without problems.
Great thanks. How often should I mist? I might go with monte carlo
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