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Why can't I get a foreground like this in my 46g?

Both of these bunches of lilaeopsis came from the same place at the same time. Here it is in my low tech shrimp tank with 2 15w T8's Along with some Java Fern that is growing out of control.

Here is the same lilaeopsis in my 46g with pressurized CO2 and Excel. I'm thing of trying my hand at moss again in the 46g. It has a 2*21 T5 and a 36" T8. Why is the lilaeopsis dead in my 46g?

The Lilaeopsis is actually worse now
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Separating them into many plugs would give it a fuller look to it. Back breaking work, I know, but it's worth it.

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Separating them into many plugs would give it a fuller look to it. Back breaking work, I know, but it's worth it.
The lilaeopsis is actually dying off and turning brown in the 46g. It is lush and green in the shrimp tank. My eventual goal is to have a carpet of something to hide some shrimp in there from time to time.
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ferts are the only thing i can think of that would cause it. and if you have pressurized co2 in there, then there's no point in using excel in there too. What about the other ferts tho?

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Is that one of the coralife T5NO fixtures or a T5HO? If it is a NO then you probably have more light over the smaller tank in comparison. Even if it is you probably have enough light to grow it, it is just going to require more patience.

Separating it does help too as PinoyBoy mentioned.

+1 on the ferts suggestion as well.
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In my limited experience, lilaeopsis took me a long time to acclimate. It melted some and just sat there for weeks. But after 6 or so weeks it started to grow - the new blades (leaves?) looked nice and green but the original ones never recovered. At that time I was using lights but no CO2.

so, maybe just hang in there?



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