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Question Good carpet plants for a sandy substrate

About a month ago, I set up a tank that is developing beautifully. It has a plain sand bottom (I am using Seachem tabs) and I am supplementing CO2 via a DIY system that it is proving 12 ppm of CO2. I also have 3.25 WPG. pH is 7 and kH is 4. Temp is 79 F.

Now, I already tried to grow glossos and they did not take, despite of having planted them individually, little plant by little plant.

So, I am looking for a good carpet plant that might take with this kind of subtrate and conditions and I was thinking about one of the following:

dwarf hairgrass...Eleocharis acicularis
microsword...Lilaeopsis novae-zelandiae
Hemianthus micranthemoides....
Sagittaria subulata...

Could you recommend one?

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I've heard that hairgrass likes a fine substrate so that might be a good choice.

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Just curious to see what kind of substrate you have.. I was thinking about getting glosso's.

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I just setup a tank with a sand sustrate and will be giving dwarf hairgrass a shot soon. I'll be sure to post my experiences on the board.
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dwarf sag and e tennelles should do pretty good as well

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Overfloater, are you using playsand or Onyx? I always grow hairgrass with Onyx but really curious if they could grow with playsand. They do grow denser with onyx sand compares to when I tried with Flourite.

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Overfloater, are you using playsand or Onyx? I always grow hairgrass with Onyx but really curious if they could grow with playsand. They do grow denser with onyx sand compares to when I tried with Flourite.
I am using pool filter sand. The grain is a few sizes bigger than the playsand which I have in my 10G. Sometime this week I will probably add the hairgrass. I've had hairgrass in flourite before and it seemed to grow fine. It looks great if you can keep the algae out of it
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Maybe I've been lucky. I've never had algae on my hairgrass at all. Even when my tank was infested with 3 kinds of algaes before, the hairgrass was clean

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Update: I had no luck growing Eleocharis Acicularis or E. Parvula in my pool filter sand. After 2.5 months there was very little new growth. Maybe the sand was a tad to anaerobic for it.
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Wow, talk about an old post. Anyways, FYI, I am growing both hairgrass and glosso quite well with the playsand. Another foreground plant that has grown exceptionally well (grows faster than both the dwarf hairgrass or the glosso) is the Marsilea.

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Ranalisma rostrara is supposed to love a sandy substrate.

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Hmm...interesting. Now, I just need someone to send me a tad of it to get me started.

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My hairgrass may not have grown due to my hard water. If you guys are growing it in sand, then that is obviously not the problem. I moved my parvula to my 10G which has 100% Eco-complete to see if it does any better.

I'm looking for a good foreground plant that will grow in sand and hard water.
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Momotaro...

Could I have some of your runners? Please?
I'll pay for them and also for the shipping...

PM if this is possible.

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