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Very large HC carpet? Am I crazy?

Hi everyone. I'm planning out a new tank, and was thinking of making HC Cuba the primary carpeting plant. It will be roughly 4 sq feet in total.

I'm not so concerned about being able to grow it; in fact, it's quite the opposite. I'm looking forward to the challenge. My concern is actually, what it if grows really well? I've read a lot of people say that the maintenance can be brutal, and you can't let it get too tall without it lifting out of the substrate.

Assuming I get it growing really well, with high lighting, 30ppm CO2, and EI dosing, how often does this need to be trimmed? Am I just a glutton for punishment, and I'm going to be spending 2 hours a week doing nothing but trim HC?

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If you get big shears the maintenance will be pretty manageable since you'll just be able to quickly cut the tops and just vacuum/net the clippings from the surface during water change.

It takes a while to get established but once it does it grows pretty well, just make sure to keep it thinner rather than letting it clump up.

are you going to have any barriers or dividers or the whole bottom of the tank is going to be HC?

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If you get big shears the maintenance will be pretty manageable since you'll just be able to quickly cut the tops and just vacuum/net the clippings from the surface during water change.

It takes a while to get established but once it does it grows pretty well, just make sure to keep it thinner rather than letting it clump up.

are you going to have any barriers or dividers or the whole bottom of the tank is going to be HC?
The tank has a 72 x 18 footprint (9 sq), and Im anticipating the hardscape and raised areas to take up roughly 5 sq. Im going to do Buce all around the base of the hardscape, DWG in between and around the rocks, and Giant Hairgrass and stems in the background (raised substrate). The HC would be separated from other plants by the hardscape, and will take up all of the non-raised areas in the tank.

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