Depending on your ambition and skill level, it might be worth it to make a new canopy to house a bit more lighting. As you realize, lighting may be against you here.
How do you feel about dwarf hairgrass? I can't speak to UG, but I know in one of my low-light low-tech tanks DHG took off. Could be perfect with your setup.
Hi danakin thanks a bunch for the reply here. I wont be buying a canopy but was considering buying several tropica pots of each carpeting plant and seeing which one did best. But your confidence in dwarf hair grass has my interest peaked. Could you please elaborate? And also are we talking about eleocharis parvula? I'm asking because sometimes people use the common name for different plants on different sites.
Have you looked into Staurogyne repens? I use it as a carpet in my tank and it looks/grows great. Just a thought for something that may be more forgiving and still look and carpet well.
Hey temple2101 Thanks for your input here. I currently have some S repens in my tank but wont be considering that as a carpet.
you might want to consider swaping out one of the bulbs for a 6500k which better suits plant growing.
Acitydweller I appreciate you taking the time here. The aquarium is a pretty if not the most popular aqurium manufacturer in Europe and because of that I've been able to research others using the same bulbs/tank (juwel vision 180) and growing it successfully. Granted I have only been looking into it for a month (and please correct me if I'm wrong here) but from what I gather, it seems most are unsuccessful with hc because they can get it to root. That or they have stock which refuses to allow it to grow (cory cats and gourami being the worst offenders) My solution was to remove the stocking for 2week-month to give it time to root properly. That or grow it emersed but in the tank...
I hope that that last sentence made sense? I should also say that I tried juwels color bulb which comes in at 6000K while changing nothing else and within two weeks was dealing with several algae outbreaks. Again I changed nothing but the bulb but because i live in london (A recent survey says we have the worst water in europe) I believe that any higher K will result in more algae outbreaks. If not Hc do you think that there is another carpeting plant better suited. Temple2101
mentioned DHG but until he said it was good for my setup I was leaning more towards hc because DHG is said to be painfully slow growing but I'll be waiting on his response as with yours.
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