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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 01-18-2013, 01:47 AM Thread Starter
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Low light carpet...??

Are there any plants that are low light that will do well in a low light low maintenance tank? I could really use help
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post #2 of 27 (permalink) Old 01-18-2013, 01:56 AM
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I heard Marsilea minuta is a low light carpet. I just got some and trying it out.
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Hi iplants,

In lower light, non-CO2 tanks I have probably I have been most successful with Helanthium tenellum (formerly Echinodorus tenellus v ‘Tenellus’) or Micro Chain Sword. I find it will grow and multiply with medium to medium low light levels. At higher light levels it develops reddish colored leaves. It does not require CO2. An alternative for medium light applications might be Marsilea minuta. Pictures of each follow.

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I will definitely look for Marsilea minuta! Thank so much.

I've heard you can also do a carpet of crypt wendtii??? I've tried it and its ok I guess. It's surviving.
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I will definitely look for Marsilea minuta! Thank so much.

I've heard you can also do a carpet of crypt wendtii??? I've tried it and its ok I guess. It's surviving.
Go with a smaller growing crypt instead. C. lucens/C. wilissii are better alternatives and if you have patience, you can go with C. parva.

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Awesome thank you! I will be on the look out for those too.

Also how do you pick your surrounding plants? Is it just creativity or do you plan every thing out?
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My tank is a random jungle of plants, but I use marsilea in my 125 gallon as foreground. Its a slow grower, but can grow faster with higher light and nutrient rich substrate.

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What do you guys think about a micro chain sword? I called my LFS and they gave me a small selection and said this was best for low light?
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Micro chain is good, i have it in my 20l, along with hydrocotyle, both will do well in low light.

hydrocotyle will require trimming and re-planting to keep it low though.

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How the heck do you grow crypts as a carpet? that'd be pretty sweet. must only be certain varities of crypts?
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What do you guys think about a micro chain sword? I called my LFS and they gave me a small selection and said this was best for low light?
Hi iplants,

The first one I mentioned in #3 post in this thread, probably the most tolerant of the low light foreground plants for me

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I've heard you can also do a carpet of crypt wendtii??? I've tried it and its ok I guess. It's surviving.
Crypt wendtii is definitely easy to grow and can thrive in low light. I have plenty in my foreground.

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ok so I have this to choose from

marsilea
Helanthium tenellum
C. parva
dwarf sagittaria (i got a recomm. for this, any thoughts from you guys?)

or I can stick to my crypt wendtti wannabe carpet lol.
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