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med light carpeting plant?

I'm looking for a carpeting plant for my new tank. For starters I'm going to try out 2 t5no lights on my 75 gal. I'm going to be using 2 2L diy co2 with ceramic diffusor. I'm pretty sure high light plants like HC wont work here, which is what I would really like the look of, but what do you think of staurogyne repens? I'm don't want anything that gets taller then lets say 3" or so. What other choices are out there for carpeting plants? About 1/3 of my tank will be just this one plant carpet.

If need be I'll get a different light. Like if I need to go to the duel t5ho, but I don't want to get to high light as I don't ever plan or want to get pressurized co2.

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S. repens is hardy and would work well. When they get tall, you can trim and replant those trimmings.

So would most Marsilea varieties, though they may grow more slowly than they would in an extremely high-tech situation.
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I just looked up marsilea. That looks pretty cool. And being that they would grow slow would be a good thing, well after it fills itself in for a nice thick carpet. I'll have to look more into those. Thanks for the idea.

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I was also wondering about DHG "belem". Does anyone have a guess as to how tall this would grow in my set up?

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Roughly two inches. It will also spread to take over your entire tank unless you use something to divide your substrate into sections.
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The 2" would be great, but I don't know about taking over my entire tank part. I was planning on using a substrate divider, but the only ones I could find on a quick google search were over in the UK through the green machine online. I'm still leaning towards the marsilea. So far it has everything I'm looking for besides the months it will take to fill in. But waiting for that isn't that bad, I've been waiting for the tank I just got for about a year now. Thanks for all your help so far somewhat.

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You can use thin sheets of plastic as a substrate divider. Just use a scissor to cut it to size. I've even used cut up milk jugs in the past.

It won't take months for hairgrass to fill in if you're using DIY CO2 and providing adequate ferts. It grows quickly.
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I was saying that the marsilea will take months to grow in.

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Ah, yes. It'll take a while. DIY CO2 and ferts will definitely help speed things up, though.

I've got Marsilea minuta in a low light, low tech environment and it's taken nearly a year to generate new growth and double in size. Grows like a weed with CO2 and EI dosing, though.
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E. tenellus is also an option.

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