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Carpet Plants and Common Pleco?

So I have a common(sailfin) pleco that is 9" long. Would it not be worth even trying to do a carpet plant? I am sure I know the answer but wonder if any of you have plecos with carpet plants. I really want dwarf hairgrass but cannot let him go. He was my very first fish when he was just 1.5" long.


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Really?? Going to research. Thank you so much.


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Best I could do would be low/medium light. With co2 of course. Would this work? Looking at about 40 ish par at substrate.


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One more question for you and thank you so much for helping me. Will it go in regular gravel? I have a bunch of root tabs of course. Really want a carpet plant but know I am limited with my Pleco and gravel. (1-2mm bb size)
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Plecos will tear up carpet plant's looking for food.Maybe it could work if the carpet plants were well established before the Pleco went into the tank.

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Carpet plants require a lot of light unless I am mistaken while Plecos prefer subdued light
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Plecos will tear up carpet plant's looking for food.Maybe it could work if the carpet plants were well established before the Pleco went into the tank.

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Carpet plants require a lot of light unless I am mistaken while Plecos prefer subdued light
No, not all carpet plants require a high tech environment.
That's why I suggested for @clownplanted a low tech carpet plant. Not many people know about this.
You can bury this plant completely under the substrate (but not to deep, enough that it still can breath) if you want (if the plecos tear it up at first) but it roots in about 1 to 2 days. I may be able to send you come if you want in about a week.

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One more question for you and thank you so much for helping me. Will it go in regular gravel? I have a bunch of root tabs of course. Really want a carpet plant but know I am limited with my Pleco and gravel. (1-2mm bb size)
You may be able to SLIDE with regular gravel, I think it would be way better if you didn't have that but eh. Yea you can try
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No, not all carpet plants require a high tech environment.
That's why I suggested for @clownplanted a low tech carpet plant. Not many people know about this.
You can bury this plant completely under the substrate (but not to deep, enough that it still can breath) if you want (if the plecos tear it up at first) but it roots in about 1 to 2 days. I may be able to send you come if you want in about a week.


You may be able to SLIDE with regular gravel, I think it would be way better if you didn't have that but eh. Yea you can try


That would be so very nice. I would love some. I was actually just looking online for some. I am heavily debating changing my substrate to Flourite as I know it is just better overall for my plants. On a tight budget now though due to my heavy spending last paycheck on co2 and Seneye monitor lol. Would take me 8 bags of flourite. Ouch. Do you recommend Flourite or eco complete?


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That would be so very nice. I would love some. I was actually just looking online for some. I am heavily debating changing my substrate to Flourite as I know it is just better overall for my plants. On a tight budget now though due to my heavy spending last paycheck on co2 and Seneye monitor lol. Would take me 8 bags of flourite. Ouch. Do you recommend Flourite or eco complete?


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Flourite is ok, but I have personally had a bad experience with it over time. I would go eco complete but with eco there isn't any nutrients in the substrate I don't think. Also I will pm you regarding the pearlweed
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Flourite is ok, but I have personally had a bad experience with it over time. I would go eco complete but with eco there isn't any nutrients in the substrate I don't think. Also I will pm you regarding the pearlweed
What bad experience over time have you had? It really is between flourite and eco complete. I thought eco complete did have nutrients but only lasts so long where as flourite never needs to be changed out?
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I don't have it in lower light, but my pearl weed loves growing in inert pool filter sand and my flourite. My bn pleco leaves it alone, along with my Monte Carlo. When I first got my PW (it was in horrible condition half-dead) I stuck each stem individually in the sand. I let it grow to a little over 2x the height I wanted and mowed it down planting the tops. One more trimming and most of it decided it would rather grow sideways and low... lol
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I don't have it in lower light, but my pearl weed loves growing in inert pool filter sand and my flourite. My bn pleco leaves it alone, along with my Monte Carlo. When I first got my PW (it was in horrible condition half-dead) I stuck each stem individually in the sand. I let it grow to a little over 2x the height I wanted and mowed it down planting the tops. One more trimming and most of it decided it would rather grow sideways and low... lol


Would 40'ish par be good for the pearlweed you think? May get eco or Flourite if it doesn't work out in gravel.


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