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TonyK 01-25-2013 05:00 PM

Carpet in a low tech system
Is anyone using any carpeting type plants in a low tech system? I am setting up a 20L with some t5ho lights. I will run a diy CO2 but not really looking to go any farther with CO2

newt newbie 01-25-2013 05:16 PM

i keep dwarf hair grass in one and it grows better in there than my high tech tank

GeToChKn 01-25-2013 05:43 PM

Doing DHG in aquasoil, 2x13W cfl's over a 10gal, root tabs and excel and the runners are taking off all over.

tiggity 01-25-2013 05:56 PM


Originally Posted by GeToChKn (Post 2347522)
Doing DHG in aquasoil, 2x13W cfl's over a 10gal, root tabs and excel and the runners are taking off all over.

That is good to know, I'm on the fence if I can pull off growing DHG :proud:

CPDzeke 01-25-2013 08:23 PM

Moss, especially Christmas.

hisxlency 01-26-2013 12:45 AM

good info guys, im about to start a mini tank and am looking for an easy to plant and maintain carpet. Can someone post what the various acronyms mean? Makes it easier when googling :)

funkman262 01-26-2013 12:46 AM

Moss and Marsilea species should work fine in low-tech.

PeterN1986 01-26-2013 08:32 PM

For my 5.5g, I am dry starting HC and glosso with MGOPS capped with Eco as substrate. Should I use root tabs? How long do root tabs last before you put in more of them in the substrate?

MGOPS = Miracle Grow Organic Potting Soil

ponyo 01-27-2013 01:16 AM

For those of you doing low tech and growing DHG and having it flourish can you tell me what I'm doing wrong?

I can't even get my Marsilea minuta to grow. I tried L. maurtiana which is a microsword I think?? and it died.

How come in some low-tech situations you can grow lawns and other more demanding plants but I can't seem to duplicate this with my tank? All I'm able to grow is anubias pretty much.

blue1delta 01-27-2013 01:40 AM

I just put in a ton of dwarf sag for a carpet in my 55g low tech

steven p 01-27-2013 05:38 AM

I've got some lilaeopsis m. starting to grow after several months of rehab, 2 13w 6500k bulbs in a ten gallon incandescent hood.

blue1delta 01-27-2013 05:55 AM

I just planted a ton of dwarf sag in my 55 g low tech

aokashi 01-27-2013 06:07 AM

Carpet in a low tech system
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I'm doing low tech with a ton of light (23w over a 1 gallon + 2.5 gallon)
dhg belem and HM have both carpeted for me...
I even found a piece of stray glosso growing in there...

TonyK 01-27-2013 11:55 PM

I picked up the some plants today. I am doing a dry start method. I'm moving 3 to 4 months from now and will be doinf the DSM for that long. The plants I picked up are C Parva and microswords. I will see how it goes.

aokashi 01-28-2013 01:34 PM

Carpet in a low tech system
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microswords will survive in low light, so will crypts

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