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HC or Glosso for carpet. Which do you prefer?

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I am new to the forum and have enjoyed reading the many posts. I have kept a planted tank for many years. It is a 54 gallon corner bowfront with flourite gravel mixed with laterite. I use a 175 watt metal halide 6700K pendant and CO2 injection. The last year or so I have began to spend less and less time with my tank. But would now like to crank things up again. Basically I have anubias nana covered rocks and driftwood, some rotalla, ludwigia, crypts and a dense carpet of glosso. I would really like to replace all anubias covered wood and rocks with mini pellia (which I just recently learned about from this forum) or fissidens but not sure since I have never actually seen either plant in person. Also I am intrigued by HC. Would you replace the glosso with HC. In years past I used to keep riccia tied with hair nets to the driftwood and the pearling effect was awesome. but it would get large and seperate causing it be everywhere in my Glosso. Is HC low maintence like Glosso. And by low maintenece I mean Glosso does not have to be sheared from time to time. Does HC share this trait or does it grow thick and tall and have to be sheared to just above the substrate?
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I'm using both in the same tank so I'll let you know which works out better.

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Hc needs to be trimmed, not too often but just enough to be a pita!


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While I've never grown a full HC carpet myself, I've seen many pictures of them, which qualifies me as an expert.

I've grown several glosso carpets before and they are so beautiful and "pillowy" that I just don't see a need to venture off into HC land. I think that both plants are similar in the ways we use them in the aquarium, as opposed to grassier plants like tenellus, microsword, or even UG. So I do think of HC and glosso as being in the same category. But I don't see myself using HC over glosso unless I'm working at the nano level and using glosso as a carpet would throw off the scale. Then, I would use HC for its tiny leaves.

I still think HC is beautiful, don't get me wrong. I'm not hating! I'm just saying I prefer glosso. Also, with glosso, you really don't have to do any maintenance like I hear you do with HC. You can let a glosso mat get really thick before the bottom leaves start yellowing.

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Hc if you can grow it, it tends to be a little harder to get started. That just my preference though.

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Thanks guys for the input. I prob will keep the Glosso going. It does look nice when full and thick. Its just those HC photos I see with its tiny leaves look awfully tempting to try to give it a try.
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While I've never grown a full HC carpet myself, I've seen many pictures of them, which qualifies me as an expert.
Sounds like rock solid credentials to me.
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