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Dark green carpeting plant

Does anyone know of a dark green carpeting plant that I could use in an Iwagumi aquascape? Most popular carpeting plants seem to be light green.

Somewhat connected to this, could I use a moss? Could I have the whole substrate of the tank just be hygrolon or something similar and just attach moss to it?
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I was going to say moss. None others come to mind that are super dark green though. Flame moss might actually look really cool that way if you can get it to stick initially.
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Not sure how dark green you want to go.... microsword is a little darker then hair grass.. /shrug

Here is a video that has a moss iwagumi in it. So yes its definitely possible.



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I was going to say moss. None others come to mind that are super dark green though. Flame moss might actually look really cool that way if you can get it to stick initially.
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Not sure how dark green you want to go.... microsword is a little darker then hair grass.. /shrug

Here is a video that has a moss iwagumi in it. So yes its definitely possible.

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The microsword is a little too big for the tank I was thinking of doing this in. Perhaps I'll try growing flame moss or something similar on hygrolon as a test before I try doing it in a full on Iwagumi. If it works out it could be really cool!
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If you want darker greens, glosso or hairgrass fed with N from ammonia will get pretty dark. You can do this with feeding urea in substrate (easy) or dosed to the water (trickier).

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I'll look into that. It seems like it has an attractive leaf shape too.

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If you want darker greens, glosso or hairgrass fed with N from ammonia will get pretty dark. You can do this with feeding urea in substrate (easy) or dosed to the water (trickier).
Good to know! I'll look into that. Do you think I could maintain a nonzero TAN reading the water with fish if the pH is low enough? Below about a pH of 6.5, essentially all of the ammonia in the water is ammonium, which is harmless to livestock right?
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Dwarf Sag stay dark and short, if you can periodically pull out outliers that shoot up tall.
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Parva is pretty dark, but you'll need alot of time, alot of money or a really small tank to carpet it.


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Dwarf Sag stay dark and short, if you can periodically pull out outliers that shoot up tall.
I think that'll still be too tall for my purposes unfortunately.

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Parva is pretty dark, but you'll need alot of time, alot of money or a really small tank to carpet it.
I have some parva. That stuff grows so so slow. It's amazing. People talk about Anubias being a plastic plant, yet the real plastic plant is parva. I don't understand how that stuff survives in the wild.
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