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Old 02-02-2013, 06:19 PM   #1
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best carpet plant - low maintenance - no co2?


I have a 36 gallon bowfront with a sand substrate and have been growing various plants I pick up from petco/petsmart successfully for quite some time (and by successful I mean they don't die!).

I have no co2 system setup and am not particularly interested in doing one, as I live in an apt and the tank is in the living room. Less noise = better. The tank has 2 full spectrum 17w t8's for lighting.

I'm interested in maybe covering some more of the sand with a carpeting plant of sorts. What would be a good carpeting plant that is low maintenance (I don't want to have to trim every week), short, lowish light (upgrading the lighting system also isn't an option at this point), no co2?

Am I asking for too much?
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Old 02-02-2013, 07:53 PM   #2
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Nah you're not asking too much! Hair grass can be grown with what you're running but some excel is really helpful if you don't wanna go the pressurized route. Also a lot of mosses (specifically fissidens) don't really need anything - either tie small portions to a lot of rocks or tie it between some mesh.
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Old 02-02-2013, 08:02 PM   #3
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Riccia can be used if no CO2 is added. It will grow slow hence it is usable as a carpet for longer periods of time but you will have to trim it. Marsilea Hirsuta is another good contender as it is undemanding. CO2 will make it grow like a weed but in absence it will stay put.
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Old 02-02-2013, 10:07 PM   #4
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Second the Riccia (Fluitans). You can find big mats of it for sale online for an instant carpet, if you're impatient like me.
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Riccia is a floating plant, it will need to be tied down well.
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Old 02-02-2013, 10:59 PM   #6
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Riccia. But don't plant it in the substrate as it's supposed to be a floating plant, use a plastic or stainless steel mesh. you don't really need to pack it in the mesh either, just enough to cover evenly & before you know it you'll have a nice green lawn [IMG][/IMG]
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Old 02-03-2013, 12:35 PM   #7
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1) Anyone know how to id these from other carpet plants such as HC or HG?

2) I am interested in knowing if Riccia could be found in northeast ponds
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Old 02-03-2013, 02:33 PM   #8
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Don't forget dwarf sag!
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Old 02-03-2013, 02:52 PM   #9
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Love the look of the dwarf sag - I just got some for future tanks I hope to set up in the spring. I wanted something that wasn't super short, and had a bit of a "wild" look about it - the d. sag looks like it's going to be perfect. It's my understanding it does very well in low light/no added co2 tanks...

Not to derail the thread, but may I quickly ask what your substrate is? I'm trying to decide on a dark one.
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Riccia. But don't plant it in the substrate as it's supposed to be a floating plant, use a plastic or stainless steel mesh. you don't really need to pack it in the mesh either, just enough to cover evenly & before you know it you'll have a nice green lawn [IMG][/IMG]
Nice U. Gibba growth in there. I tried to get it out of my tank and lost. Oh, Riccia in low light will have less gas in it and will take a much darker green color, similar to Pellia. I have it in one of my tanks like that and it needed just one stone to make it stay put. Needless to say the stone is not visible anymore after almost three weeks
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Old 02-03-2013, 03:46 PM   #11
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I like dwarf sag even though it is a bit taller than a carpet, i've tried hairgrass but i can never get it to grow
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Old 02-03-2013, 04:17 PM   #12
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Thanks for the feedback!

I don't think I'm particularly interested in plants I have to tie down - I'd rather it do it on its own I really like the way Marsilea Hirsuta looks. Dwarf sag is also looking like a winner. Might go check out Home Depot's pond section just to see if they may have any. If not, any plant websites you guys have had luck with in getting them shipped to you?

I ended up replacing my tanks substrate yesterday with Black Diamond. This is what I am working with now - planning on putting one of these two plants as ground cover in the middle. The plants already in there I don't recall what they are, they've just been growing in my tank for years:

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Old 02-03-2013, 04:27 PM   #13
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I have had great service and quality plants from http://www.aquariumplants.com/

If you order over $100 shipping is free. Just remember to add a Styrofoam box and a heat pack to your order during this time of the year. It may not be cold where you live, but these guys are located in South Dakota and it is plenty cold there. The box and heat pack adds like $7 to your order cost. No big deal.
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Old 02-03-2013, 04:52 PM   #14
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You might try to remove that reef background
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Old 02-03-2013, 05:02 PM   #15
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What's wrong with the background? I kinda like it....

There's nothing else back there but a white wall.
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