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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-04-2013, 04:46 AM Thread Starter
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I'm setting up a 30 gallon tank, 30" x 12" by 18" high. I have the option of using 2 X t12, 2Xt8, 2x t5, or 4xt5. I can't use CO2 because I care more about the shrimp that will be in here than the plants, and don't want to possibly gas them or anything. Don't try to convince me, please. Anyway, what kind of carpet plant could I conceivably grow? Small amounts of algae are ok but would prefer not to have lots of it.

I've looked at glosso, but I think that needs CO2. I like Marsila minuta but it grows super slow apparently. Is there a nice mixture of growing moderately fast and not needing CO2?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-04-2013, 05:20 AM
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Marsila minuta grows quite fast in many experiences I've heard. You could try dwarf sag? You need a medium lighting to keep it small though.
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Pick shrimp or pick plants.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-04-2013, 07:39 AM
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Minuta doesn't grow slow with CO2. I got about 5 small pinches of it last Monday and now it's almost filled in a quarter of my 10 gallon. Without... I'm not sure. Could try DHG and some mosses. Other than that you're probably not going to get a nice lush carpet that grows extremely quick without CO2 or Carbon supplementation. I'd shun away from glosso unless you want to get some CO2. -- I agree with Xmas... Pick one or the other.
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