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Old 04-29-2012, 08:22 PM   #1
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What is the easiest carpeting plants?


I have to be honest with, I still have yet to have a successful carpeting in any of my tanks. In your opinion/experience, what is the easiest carpeting plants?

Here are the list that I know:


HC (I know that's not easy for me)
UG
Dwarf hairgrass
marsilea minuta
Glosso
Dwarf Sags
Dwarf Riccia
Micro Swords

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Old 04-29-2012, 08:27 PM   #2
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Glosso, dhg and MM are super easy

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Thats about all the carpeting plants.. There is also hydrocotyle sp. 'japan', Ranunculus indatus(sp?), and Staurogyne repens, S. Porto velho, and S. purple.
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I like UG so far.
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There's also MQ. Marsilia Quadrifolia.
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Glosso, dhg and MM are super easy

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MM is great and pretty fast. I heard DHG is pretty slow??? and I have not had a success with Glosso.

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Thats about all the carpeting plants.. There is also hydrocotyle sp. 'japan', Ranunculus indatus(sp?), and Staurogyne repens, S. Porto velho, and S. purple.
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I like UG so far.
I saw some great UG carpet. But it seems like they get really really thick????

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There's also MQ. Marsilia Quadrifolia.
I am not sure if this would carpet nicely. From what I understand, they're pretty tall.
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From my understanding, MQ stays pretty low.

MN and MQ one has bigger leaves. Forgot which one it was.
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Hi green valley,

I find that it depends on the lighting, CO2 or not, and water conditions but Marsilea minuta is one of the easier ones.

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MM is pretty easy. dhg is not hard either. both will grow fine under medium-low lighting levels.


In my experience HC is pretty hard and whenever i recieved glosso in the mail it had melted.

E. Tennelus is the easiest foreground plant you can use. it doesnt require a lot of light to form a carpet although it will grow kind of tall., and under high light it spreads real fast and will grow low.
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moss is the easiest plant to care for.
and it can be made into a carpet:
take plastic or stainless steel mesh and cut 2 identical pieces, each that fits the area you want carpeted.
put moss inbetween them, place something to weigh it down in too
staple or tie the mesh together.
place in tank and the moss will grow out through the mesh.

if you have CO2, than you can carpet riccia. riccia is a weed, and can survive floating in every tank. in a CO2 tank it can be tied to rocks and forms a carpet very quickly.
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Dhg is a little slow, but easy. MM is bomb proof. UG........i just cant grow it for the life of me

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E. Tennelus is easily breaking a 12" mark in my high light tank and does spread like fire. About 3-4" in a med-light tank, and ~1" in a low-med tank. In the low-med light only rocks grow slower.
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From my understanding, MQ stays pretty low.

MN and MQ one has bigger leaves. Forgot which one it was.
Yeah, I am not too sure either.

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Hi green valley,

I find that it depends on the lighting, CO2 or not, and water conditions but Marsilea minuta is one of the easier ones.

Marsilea minuta
Agreed. I kinda want to try something different this time.


[QUOTE=DiscusIt'sWhats4DinneR;1840976
E. Tennelus is the easiest foreground plant you can use. it doesnt require a lot of light to form a carpet although it will grow kind of tall., and under high light it spreads real fast and will grow low.[/QUOTE]

Yeah, that plant is pretty tall. Not my taste of carpeting.

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moss is the easiest plant to care for.
and it can be made into a carpet:
take plastic or stainless steel mesh and cut 2 identical pieces, each that fits the area you want carpeted.
put moss inbetween them, place something to weigh it down in too
staple or tie the mesh together.
place in tank and the moss will grow out through the mesh.

if you have CO2, than you can carpet riccia. riccia is a weed, and can survive floating in every tank. in a CO2 tank it can be tied to rocks and forms a carpet very quickly.
I would like to try Riccia in hi-light tank. I try in low light, and it was gone obviously. haha

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Dhg is a little slow, but easy. MM is bomb proof. UG........i just cant grow it for the life of me

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Is DHG still pretty slow even with CO2 and highlight?

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E. Tennelus is easily breaking a 12" mark in my high light tank and does spread like fire. About 3-4" in a med-light tank, and ~1" in a low-med tank. In the low-med light only rocks grow slower.
The look is too thick for me.
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FYI, E. Tennelus was renamed to Helanthium tenellum.
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Dwarf sagg has been doing great for me, looks like a lawn of St. Augustin grass.
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