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Old 06-28-2012, 06:29 AM   #1
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Hey, I'm starting up my first planted tank, and I need some advice . I'm planning on planting my carpet plants first, so I need a list of low growing carpet plants that will grow in a 10 gallon, with 20 watts of light. I can get ferts, but I want to avoid using co2, since I'm pretty new to this.But I'll make a DIY co2 reactor if I have to. Thanks in advance!
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Old 06-28-2012, 09:32 AM   #2
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What kind of lighting is it?
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really the only carpeting plant that will do well in that kind of light would be some sort of moss, i would recommend flame moss, or fissidens fontanus. both can/will carpet if given a long time to grow. They also do well in lower light tanks.

sometimes microsword will do ok and sometimes glosso will do ok in those conditions but in my experience its always easier/nicer/cleaner to just use a moss.

On a side note if you want to keep your plants very pristine and clean of algae and waste, look into getting cherry shrimp, they are easy to breed and keep your plants looking clean. But this is of course if you weren't planning on having any fish in there.
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What kind of lighting is it?
I think it's fluorescent?
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really the only carpeting plant that will do well in that kind of light would be some sort of moss, i would recommend flame moss, or fissidens fontanus. both can/will carpet if given a long time to grow. They also do well in lower light tanks.

sometimes microsword will do ok and sometimes glosso will do ok in those conditions but in my experience its always easier/nicer/cleaner to just use a moss.

On a side note if you want to keep your plants very pristine and clean of algae and waste, look into getting cherry shrimp, they are easy to breed and keep your plants looking clean. But this is of course if you weren't planning on having any fish in there.
Well, I was thinking of using Marsilea Minuta. Would that be okay with my lighting? Also, would I need to dose any ferts or excel for it? I've tried cherry shrimp before. My PH is way too high to keep them. it's at 8.8 . I killed two batches of shrimp before I realized my ph was too high.
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