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Old 03-19-2013, 03:35 AM   #1
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Suitable carpet plant in CRS tank


I want a non C02 low-med light carpet plant, but it seems they all need C02! Do any of you have experience with HC or UG growing with no C02? I might do moss over the whole floor - what type would you recommend for ground cover on SS mesh? Thinking Xmas or mini Xmas... flame?

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Old 03-19-2013, 03:39 AM   #2
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Fissidens I would suggest, like this from Aquaticmagic.



You don't want something that grows too fast, constant trimming is a pain. Fissidens fits the bill perfectly. Or Christmas Moss is also fine and it grows slow too. But I still think Fissidens looks better.
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Are the Fissidens in that pic rooted or tied to SS mesh? Looks really nice, but it's kinda confusing. And how much would I need to buy in order to cover 2 square feet?

Personally trimming isn't that big of a deal, I like to see my plants grow.
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try Glosso it can be grown without co2 but growth will be faster with it; you do however need good lighting
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The one in the picture was probably dry started. It will cost a lot to start with full coverage of 2 sf. So if you need instant carpet with lower cost, probably need to find something else.
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Ugh. Hmm, will Xmas moss grow faster?
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Glosso/ Marsilea Minuta / dwarf sag
All of these will carpet in medium-high light without CO2.
High light with dwarf sag= stays 1-3inches high.
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+1 on fissidens. They are super easy to care. For me they grow quite fast. I use excel 1ml per day on a 10 g tank.
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Default Suitable carpet plant in CRS tank

I love mini Xmas carpets. They look real, not like a mowed lawn.

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The bottom left section was a carpet that I didn't intend to be a carpet.

It grows quick, if you tie it to stones, bury the bottom of the stone leaving the moss exposed, it carpets quick and well.
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Full hc carpet with LEDs at 5% and no co2. Grows rather quick though, a section needs to be trimmed weekly. Highly suggest doing a dsm and getting it all grown in before adding shrimp. I would say I had 85-90% coverage before I flooded it. Took close to two months on the dry start though, definitly need to be patient. Oh and I only add a pinch of trace and a little iron maybe once a month.
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Hydrocotyle Sp. japan. I think it grows nice with a decent light
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Full hc carpet with LEDs at 5% and no co2. Grows rather quick though, a section needs to be trimmed weekly. Highly suggest doing a dsm and getting it all grown in before adding shrimp. I would say I had 85-90% coverage before I flooded it. Took close to two months on the dry start though, definitly need to be patient. Oh and I only add a pinch of trace and a little iron maybe once a month.
Are you serious? That's exactly what I'm going for! Did it convert from immersed to submersed form with no C02? I think I'm doing a moss wall, some flame for background and an HC or Xmas moss carpet.
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