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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-25-2013, 06:09 AM Thread Starter
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Marsilea minuta

I have a little marsilea minuta and want it to spread out all over my tank. It's just starting to spread out now but it's growing slow. I been dosing co2 booster every day and flourimulti 2 days a week and 6hrs of light and root tabs when needed planted in ecocomplete. My light is a 17w t8 light. What can I do to make it spread out?
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Higher light and more co2.
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yeah this plant grows pretty slow
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where the heck can you even get this stuff at?
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Yeah, this plant is tough to find. I suspect, at least in part, that it's because it's such a slow grower and this is a well-known fact.
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I grow Marsilea quadrifolia essentially because you can find it in the summer at any nursery that sells pond plants.
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i have marsilea minuta. it took mine a long time to take off. i dont use co2. my tank does get lots of light both natural and from my shop light (55 gal). i did notice that once i pulled some of it up and cut it and replanted it it did better. the new nodes took off and spread better and i always change the directions they go never in strate lines so it feels in better. i also use mgo and pool filter sand in my tank. dont know if temp would make a difference but my tank stays between 70 and 75. i know some plants do better in cooler water so dont know about marsilea or not
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Marsilea minuta, like HC and glosso, will eventually start growing on top of each other, building up a much too thick ground cover. I grew it in a high light, CO2 tank, and experienced that. It became a nuisance to me over the year or so that it took to do that. But, there is no reason why you couldn't give it a haircut like you have to do with HC, and control its thickness that way. I'm thinking of dry starting a carpet of it for my next low light tank build.

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Got a coralife 10k light. Think that's going to help?
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