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Old 07-24-2014, 10:09 PM   #1
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Carpeting for low tech


Basically the title says it all. Looking to find a nice lush carpet for aquascaping without using co2 injection. My substrate formula is pretty spot on and plan on using the planted plus and a top notch filtration system. Will feed the plants with seachem flourish and may possibly use excel if I don't add much fish. Has anyone had great success with this that they're willing to share? I have the co2 system, but would rather not have a potential bomb around pets and kids. Thanks so much.
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Old 07-24-2014, 10:16 PM   #2
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I'm about to try dwarf pennywort (hydrocotyle sibithorpiodes). I'll be using 2 drops of Flourish and Excel per gallon daily. I'll let you know how it goes.
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Old 07-24-2014, 10:20 PM   #3
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What is your actual substrate, and what's your lighting? Finnex Planted Plus?
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Old 07-24-2014, 10:28 PM   #4
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Yeah going to be using the Finnex Planted +. Also, thinking about aquasoil with black sand flourite cap. Then feed flourish and possibly excel.

Bump: Or posssibly eco complete if I can't find a great deal.
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Old 07-25-2014, 12:11 AM   #5
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http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/pi...ictureid=62554
The one in the front left is Fissidens and the right front is Pearlweed or regular Baby Tears.
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Old 07-25-2014, 12:43 AM   #6
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Those look great Raymond. Mind sharing your tank info? I would love to get the Baby Tears going!
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Old 07-25-2014, 01:36 AM   #7
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I'm fairly certain that the one I have is the one with both names starting in an "M".
It takes a lot of patience to get them to grow low. But mostly just trimming it every couple of weeks till it fills in. Plant a stem(they usually come 4-6" long) by laying it down sideways and placing sub on top of three places ends and middle. It will sprout new stems all along it. It has very poor roots and needs to be trimmed carefully or you will pull it up. Hardly holds very well. It may in another sub. That tank has Eco regular black. I am experimenting/w wall coverings like people use that foam to make backgrounds/w. But I just silicone rocks/gravel hoping for algae to cover it well enough but no luck so far. At least not that I'm anything like happy with.
Next one is still in my head for now...other priorities.
That tank has 7.5 hrs of two T8 bulbs and 2 ml of Flourish comp once a week and 3.5 ml of Tetra Pride once a week also/w a 50% water change each month. Oh 10g.
I changed bulb types in T8 for almost two years every 90 days till I found two that would grow the algae on the rocks but not more than that...along/w the number of hrs of course.
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They are not for everyone. Most don't like my intentional algae farm.
This is the other one/w T5 bulbs.
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Ever see someone make a carpet from Cladophora...before now...LOL...
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Old 07-25-2014, 03:25 AM   #8
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There's a lot that could work for you, honestly. Baby tears, dwarf sag, Marselia minuta or Lilaeopsis mauritiana. Even Pygmy Chain Swords would carpet. I'm actually letting mine carpet my 29 gallon.
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Old 07-25-2014, 04:28 AM   #9
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My Marselia minuta is being tempermental. Couldn't get it to stay down. I googled it and read about planting it, plantlet by plantlet.
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Old 07-25-2014, 01:09 PM   #10
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my vote is dwarf sag.

I have this is my 75g and its does great.
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Old 07-25-2014, 02:47 PM   #11
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dwarf sag and e. tenellus for sure will thrive even without co2 injection. but these 2 seem to prefer, from my experience, sand/sandy substrate.
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Old 07-25-2014, 05:12 PM   #12
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At any time has it been stated which tank this is going in ?
Size perspective is the reason for this question.
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Old 07-25-2014, 05:52 PM   #13
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I carpet dwarf sag all day long baby. Easy to manage in low light. Cheap to care for.
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Old 07-31-2014, 09:18 PM   #14
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I have done Marselia Minuta and Quadrifolia in low tech setups and they work quite well but it does take a while for them to become established.
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