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Good short foreground carpet for this tank?

I need something that grows more horizontal than vertical unlike hairgrass. Sand over dirt substrate.

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You are going to need a low light low growing plant for this setup since it seems your light is very low. With lower light plants feel the need to grow up to get to more light. So maintaining carpeting plants is not as easy. I would possible try out a moss or something that is undemanding. Are you using CO2? PAR readings? Light using? These are all things you should provide so we get a better understanding of your tank.
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I agree, moss will probably be your best bet for a carpet. If your light is decent enough, i'd recommend glossotigma.

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are you selling crabby patties out of that thing or what?



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I dig the Krusty Krab!!! But FYI: I went all out on the Spongbob setup about a year ago: Got Spongebob & Squidward's house, the Krusty Krab, and like 5-6 figurines. I was very disappointed at how quickly the color came off. Yeah, I have a pleco - maybe it was him, but I spent almost $100 for everything... and it all lasted less than 6 months. blech.

But more on point, I agree with the other posts; anything fun with high light demand like glossostigma or dwarf baby tears will just wind up growing UP to the light (instead of spreading out horizontally) if you don't have muchos lighting. Java moss or similar might be the best choice right now.
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I agree, moss will probably be your best bet for a carpet. If your light is decent enough, i'd recommend glossotigma.
From a conversation with 1 whom has been trying to get some low growing plants I think moss, riccia, glossostigma and Hemianthus micranthemoidesare the only plants that really stay low. Moss is the easiest to grow. Flame moss is very interesting.

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I could just get another one of those $9 clip on LEDs. This isn't enough light?

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Hard to tell from a picture, but your lighting looks really dim, the heater indicator almost seems as bright as the lights. You might want to try a clamp on reflector with a cfl.
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Your best bet is moss. Most carpets demand a lot of nutrients from the substrate, of which sand is unable to deliver or store much of. A moss carpet would be low light friendly and take nutrients from the water column.
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I think I will go with moss. FYI that sand is a cap for organic choice potting mix.

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Good short foreground carpet for this tank?

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From a conversation with 1 whom has been trying to get some low growing plants I think those plants and riccia are the only plants that really stay low. Flame moss is very interesting.

I think your light is decent enough for glossotigma, for it is as bright as a T5NO (normal output) over a 10G. It needs co2 alternative like Seachem excel, though. Moss doesn't like excel.
Flame moss carpets look great when fully grown, they sway with the current and look really peaceful.

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+1 Java moss

Phoenix moss is also a good option- its low level and low maintenance :]
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All good suggestions. I guess I'm limited to whatever my LFS has though.

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NO! Best to buy from a member of the forum. You'll get more for your buck.
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