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Old 01-29-2013, 06:10 PM   #1
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Best carpet plant for low-tech?


Hey there! I am looking for suggestions on a good plant to use as a carpet in a low-tech situation (no CO2/Excel) - if possible, one that will grow okay in gravel (with no planting substrate). If I can't do a carpet with no planting substrate, I will have to think about mixing some in with the gravel. My tank has planting substrate at the back and gravel at the front, but I have decided I want to get my tank more heavily planted - the pics on this site are making me too jealous!
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Old 01-29-2013, 06:16 PM   #2
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I have been researching this same question. Only, I will have ADA Aquasoil as a substrate. At this time my opinion is that we are pretty limited if we want a low growing substrate, perhaps with Marsilea minuta being the only one that will reliably grow well and low. I plan to use Sagittaria subulata, but it will give me a "lawn" that is much more likely to be 3 inches tall than 1 inch tall. The usual low growing, carpet plants all seem to need more light and/or CO2 to do at all well at growing low and dense. I think most people who have success with those in "low light" actually have much more light than they think.
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Old 01-29-2013, 06:39 PM   #3
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moss for sure will work
i think it would work best with a mesh / moss plant method.

personally im low tech and trying to do dwarf sag.
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Old 01-29-2013, 06:41 PM   #4
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I'm doing DHG in a 10 gal, 2x13w cfl's in a standard hood, excel 3x a week, aquasoil and root tabs and in the past month since I set it up, I can see 30-40 runners starting all over the tank, so in a few months I expect it to fill in the entire tank. Not sure how well it would do without the excel, root tabs or aquasoil though.
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Old 01-29-2013, 06:51 PM   #5
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Dwarf Sag. Also crypt parva lots of It
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Won't dwarf sag be fairly tall?
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dwarf sag and it can be "mowed" with scissors if it gets to tall lol i do it all the time and it does not need plant substrate just gravel works well and will help it stay smaller too from what i have noticed in my tanks
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My "dwarf" sag is about 12" in my 1/2 gallon low tech bowl. Makes a slightly more manageable alternative to vals, but not a foreground plant in my book.
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I'm doing DHG in a 10 gal, 2x13w cfl's in a standard hood, excel 3x a week, aquasoil and root tabs and in the past month since I set it up, I can see 30-40 runners starting all over the tank, so in a few months I expect it to fill in the entire tank. Not sure how well it would do without the excel, root tabs or aquasoil though.
Got any pics?
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I could never get DHG to grow in my tank. Maybe I'll try it again with the new 10k light.
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Would FSS be as good as Ada AS? I have a friend who's wanting a carpet without co2... Therefore I'm helping him set up a low light tank. A planted shrimp tank.
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Old 01-30-2013, 07:25 AM   #12
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No, FSS will need root tabs to be close, as far as nutrients goes, to aquasoil.
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Old 01-30-2013, 08:30 AM   #13
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Hi,
I have success with dwarf sag as my foreground carpet plant. Just don't let the tall plants block the light source so that I would not grow tall
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Marsilea Quadrifolia
Marsilea minuta
Crypt parva
Moss

Anything else, I think will grow but will grow tall and leggy.

I'm also growing Echinodorus tenellus in a low light tank but seriously grows so slow!
after about 3 weeks I finally see runners.
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I didn't think Dwarf Sag could be "mowed". I think I am going that route. I am sry starting a tank and picked up some micro sword for a carpet will see how goes. My substrate is Miracle Grow (orange bag) with a sand cap.
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