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So i recently planted this 8 gallon tank, cycled the tank and other necessary stuff before planting. Its been almost 2 weeks and everything looks great except for the brazilian microsword which is refusing to grow let alone carpet. What am i doing wrong? Substrate is ADA, Light about 40 PAR and passive CO2 absorption.
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Hey nano8, welcome to the forum.

You have a really nice start there . Not a plant expert but Lilaeopsis Brasiliensis is mostly grown emersed when you buy it from the shop. It might take a little longer to adapt. The clumps also look rather big.

Do you have any method to measure the disolved CO2 ? pH- KH , drop checker ?

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Thanks a bunch it was my first attempt with added CO2. Did a few low techs before that. Plan to only add a few shrimps in there. Answering your question, when the lights are on, its a green to a slightly blueish green, which i think is alright. My pH is stable at 6.6, kH if i remember is 4 and i dont test gh.

I think u are right about the micro sword. These are tropica 1 2 grow which i know are grown emersed. I was thinking the same thing about the clumps but didnt want to disturb it as i heard the roots melt when u first plant them.
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Thin it out.

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Passive co2 doesn't really work. That brasilian sword requires high co2...
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Is that so. I thought it needs medium level co2. What foreground do u recommend instead?
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Following out guys advice, I thinned the micro sword. The clumps were too thick as only outer plants had good roots and some plants were even upside down

Sorry for my incompetence it was my first time doing foreground carpeting plants. I just followed the instructions if i remember was "Divide into 8-10 pieces, plant and watch them grow"

Anyways I learnt from my mistake, crossing fingers for now.
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nice looking tank!

that red alternanthera will grow out quite tall though.
obviously i wouldn't want to have to move around my carpet again but might be worth putting the alternantheras more towards the back and let the carpet slide in front of them.


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nice looking tank!

that red alternanthera will grow out quite tall though.
obviously i wouldn't want to have to move around my carpet again but might be worth putting the alternantheras more towards the back and let the carpet slide in front of them.
Yeah, I agree, make the entire foreground microsword and move the alternantheras to the midground around the stumps. I have always found the thinner you plant the groupings of most foreground plants the better they grow.
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Its the mini version in this tank and this was done on purpose. I wanted to go with a really bushy effect on this one with a slope. I will wait for the other plants to grow to size that trim it down to match the slope. Still a newbie though, constructive criticism is always welcomed.
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