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How to plant HC

Is there any tips or tricks anyone can give me on how to plant HC?

IM going low-mid light and low tech no CO2
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Unfortunately HC likely won't survive in that level of light without CO2.

As far as planting goes though: I usually plant in plugs of 5-10 stems in a grid pattern
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How to plant HC

get a drift wood that pokes out of the water and plant HC at the water line or higher.
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Unfortunately HC likely won't survive in that level of light without CO2.

As far as planting goes though: I usually plant in plugs of 5-10 stems in a grid pattern
Basically. Though it can grow without CO2, with the light it needs you will get algae even if you dose excel every day.


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I've grown it before in a small (5 gallon bow front) tank with dosing Excel. Grew pretty slowly but still grew nonetheless.

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How to plant HC

there's a way to prevent algae in the tank....

you have to use a hob or sump though

Position the light so that it's really bright over the filter. the algae will grow in the filter instead of the tank.

personal experience~ i do highlight and no CO2 myself

I just want to add that if you want this to be low tech it's best to dry start it.
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Unfortunately HC likely won't survive in that level of light without CO2.
It can, but it'll grow really slow and won't be as green. It'll be more of a yellowish green. Personally, I wouldn't do it without high light and co2. I've got mine in DSM and it's growing like weeds!

If you use the dry start method (DSM), it's real easy to plant HC. You just put the HC on top of the substrate and keep it moist but make sure the water doesn't reach the surface of the substrate. Put plastic wrap on the top of the tank with holes in it (toothpick size). Set a photoperiod for it under high light and watch the growth take off! It'll take some time for the HC to root into the substrate, but IMO it's the easiest way to plant it. I've tried planting it in a tank already filled and that was one of the most frustrating experiences with plants I've had.

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well i have a Marineland C-306 of my 55 does that help any with the algae probably not right?
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hc wouldnt be the best application for a low tech setup. most carpet plants require a decent amount of light and a supplement to keep algae at bay. Have you considered other plants?

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I've considered dwarf sagittaria...
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post #11 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-20-2013, 03:22 AM
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If your heart is set on HC, I'm here to tell you it's still possible. Here is one of my current set ups. No CO2 or ferts (except for the original root tabs) and the lighting is an Innovative Marine 8W 10000k (one of the leds went out so it's only 7W now.) I did a regular start, no dry start; the first two weeks were difficult but after that no algae to speak of.


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