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Carpeting plant?

Looking into getting a carpeting plant. I would like something that dosent grow everywhere and have worry about trimming it all the time. I have 20g with 36w 6700k. It's 20 inches deep and wisteria, crypt, and cabomba grow nicely. I dose excel. Any suggestions?
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Buy a lot of Cryptocoryne parva. It wont grow at all but wont die on you.


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or make a moss carpet.

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Thanks for the suggestion, i would perfer something a little shorter. An inch or less would be ideal. I have small fish and shrimp, don't want to loose track of them, haha.
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What kind of moss?
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C. parva leaves will grow flat against the substrate with time.


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Really? Didn't know that
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There's a patch of it on the left of the tank.


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What kind of moss?
any of the ones that grow horizontally.
xmas, taiwan, peacock, fissidens, java, etc.

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Anyone have and experience with Baby tears? I read mixed reviews. Some say need "real" co2 (I am doing excel). Some say great in medium light some say very high lighting. Such confusion! Also, Marsilea?
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You won't get anything close to a carpet with dwarf baby tears without at least medium light and CO2. I really like the crypt parva idea. Thats what I did and its looks awesome if I do say so myself. Marsilea minuta or quadrifolia are both good choices for your set-up but will grow pretty slowly.


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I just planted some HC in a NPT that I dose excel in. From what Ive read it can be done.
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Buy a lot of Cryptocoryne parva. It wont grow at all but wont die on you.
Agreed..greated I have now noticed a little twig coming up about 1 1/2 in away from the main plant. Planted for Year 1/2.

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Here is an example

AS you can see it hasn't grown much
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Jason, is that a hi-tech tank? cause if so them I'm a little sad cause I just got like 3 pots of parva in and want it to fill out a bit more on its own

Maybe it might grow better if you broke it apart and planted each plant separately rather than in a clump? I figure if it works for hair grass it should work for other plants as well.

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