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Help finding short leafy plants

Hi all,

I'm trying to find an easy-to-grow short leafy plant to cover all the remaining substrate in my tank.

It's heavily planted with taller stuff, but I want no exposed gravel. I could use dwarf hair grass, micro sword, etc. but I would rather have something leafy that only grows up to 1 to 3 inches.

Any suggestions?

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Well there's Cardamine lyrata, hydrocotyle species, Staurogyne repens, errrr...Hemianthus micranthemoides?

It mainly comes down to what kind of light and CO2 you have.

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Thanks. I'll check those out.

I'm not using co2. Just Flourish Excell. And mu lights are the LEDs that came with mu Fluval 12 gallon. They're working fine for cabomba, orchid lily, aponogeton, and swords.

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hm. Staurogyne repens sounds like it should fit the bill. Hydrocotyle... i've seen it do ok without co2, and it makes a mean addition to a wabikusa or paludarium... but I personally haven't much success with it if it's not in direct light. I do have a lot of h. sibthorpiodes, if you want to try some out anyway.

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also hygrophila araguia. I hear people have sucess with that, but it's harder to find and a bit pricier.

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Hydrocotyle tripartita (also known as Hydrocotyle Japan) does really well without co2 and in low light, so if you find you might be interested in a nice carpet, I would suggest that. I have no experience with H. sibthorpiodes so I cannot say how good or bad it is.

I just re-read your posts and you say you have gravel. I'm not sure how well Hydrocotyle would do in gravel, so you might want to look at the other things I suggested.

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Hydrocotyle tripartita (also known as Hydrocotyle Japan) does really well without co2 and in low light...
Hmm... My experience with Hydrocotyles is consistent with what is generally said on the Net: in low light they tend to shoot up instead of hugging the ground. As is typically the case with most small-leafed plants, if one wants them to form a carpet, one needs very good light.
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I really love staurogyne repens. It takes a little bit of care but still is really nice. Hemianthus micranthemoides is really great too and grows fast and nice looking even with low light and no CO2. If you really want something nice and leafy look into staurogyne repens and staurogyne 'porto velho.'

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Hmm... My experience with Hydrocotyles is consistent with what is generally said on the Net: in low light they tend to shoot up instead of hugging the ground. As is typically the case with most small-leafed plants, if one wants them to form a carpet, one needs very good light.
That's true, though I've heard that among the Hydrocotyles, people say that the Japan species is the best for low light. The guy I bought H. tripartita from had a nice carpet in moderately low light.

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c. parva if your have the patience for it


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Thanks for all of the suggestions, everyone. I'll research all the plants listed and see what I think will work for me. This gives me a great head start, though, because I didn't know where to start.

Thanks so much!

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S. Repens or HM would be my choices.

HM is faster and does better if you don't have co2.


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