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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-06-2020, 03:37 AM Thread Starter
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Carpet plants

If I want a carpet plant.
Should I not cap?
The cap I’m in the process of using is pea gravel.
Underlying it with flourite soil.
I will be using root tabs. And I do have easy green fert.
2.) would I need to use both?
Because I have carpet and water base plants.
And if I wouldn’t floating plants
3.)what is the easiest?
And if grows too fast , what fish will help maintain this plant growth?
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Pea gravel will collect a lot of junk and you don't want to vacuum the substrate weekly in a planted tank.
I would look into soil- based substrate or fine sand.
"Capping": multiple substrate will mix, unless you never replant and do not have any diggers.
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Okay. Should I not use this for planted tanks?
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You don't need to cap flourite. It's fine for planted tanks but it doesn't have nutrients baked into it like aquasoil. I haven't used that flourite personally but adding root tabs like you mentioned should amend it. Also liquid ferts in the water column might a good idea.

Carpet usually needs good light depending on depth and co2 helps.

If it does grow well you'll need to trim it actively before it gets too thick, depending on the type of carpet plant. Mine got too thick and now I'm afraid if I cut it back tight to the substrate it will die off so it stays thick.
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If I want a carpet plant.
Should I not cap?
The cap I’m in the process of using is pea gravel.
Underlying it with flourite soil.
I will be using root tabs. And I do have easy green fert.
2.) would I need to use both?
Because I have carpet and water base plants.
And if I wouldn’t floating plants
3.)what is the easiest?
And if grows too fast , what fish will help maintain this plant growth?
The others are correct but to be clear. You should 1) get rid of the pea gravel if you want a carpet. 2) You need to either use capped dirt or straight aquasoil if you want a carpet, 3) pressurized co2 is in almost every tank you have seen with a carpet, especially those with thick dense carpets. If you don't have this your carpet will never quite look the same. 4) You can have a carpet without co2 but its going to take a LONG time to grow in if your tank is full of water when you plant the carpet. Think years instead of weeks. 5) If you do not have co2 and still want a carpet quicker then say years it is possible to do if you do a Dry Start Method. You will need an aquasoil (examples include but are not liited to: ada amazonia, uns controlsoil, tropica substrate, brightwell, fluval stratum) or dirt but aquasoil is easier, and I would definitely go with dwarf hair grass as the plant of choice. It grows quickly and makes the transition to submersed growth better then most. I did this for my Walstad bowl (link in my signature) so you can get an idea of what it takes to make work.

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