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Do I have to use CO2?

got a fresh 10 gallon running with flourite and 26 watts of light 65k,nothing in it yet,just water and 4 small fish and cycling. want some easy growing ground cover with a few tall plants along the back. Need suggestions,I also live near the comal river in new braunfels texas which is a shallow river loaded with lots of plants,is co2 a must for what i want?
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In order to have a good groundcover you will need higher lighting and then co2 to go with it. If you don't want to use co2 and with those lights I would go with some hardy plants like java moss, java fern, anubius, amazon sword etc.
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There are plants like Marsilea, Lilaeopsis, dwarf Sags, smaller Crypts, perhaps Chain Swords that will form a "carpet" without much added CO2. You could add a bit of Seachem Excel as a carbon source. Also consider DIY CO2 - it can be cheap, fun, and effective.


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Did not know that. I will have to look those up.
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There are plants like Marsilea, Lilaeopsis, dwarf Sags, smaller Crypts, perhaps Chain Swords that will form a "carpet" without much added CO2...
I had a low tech 20 gal setup with dwarf sagitaria and within months it fully covered the substrate like a grass, very easy to grow.
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