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Carpeting Plant Options

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Ive made my way over from Aquaria Central and need your expertise setting up my first planted tank. I have a 36G Bow with dimensions of 30WX15DX21H. For lighting I'm going to use Aquaticlife T5HO 30" 48W. High tech CO2, 5lb tank with Milwaukee Regulator (rate of diffusion i havent even thought about yet). The substrate will be a mix of eco-complete and ADA Aquasoil. For now i plan to dose ferts with the flourish line. my goal is to have a pretty heavily planted tank, with an emphasis on a singular carpeting plant. i was thinking HC or microswords, but i don't know if i will be able to grow them at the depth of the tank. would either of these plants be possible, and if not what are some more suitable ones?
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Dhg isnt as picky, but gets a bit tallet than the swords..
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Dhg isnt as picky, but gets a bit tallet than the swords..
That was something i was also thinking about, but could you cut it like regular grass to keep it marginally short (.5-1") if you wanted to?
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Attachment 52496Staurogyne repens will form a dense carpet but needs a regular trimming to keep it short I have loads if you are interested
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Hey, I'm about to set up my 36 gallon bow front also. With a 5lb co2 tank and several 24inch T5HO and dry ferts. We are in a similar boat. I have glosso and DHG waiting for the tank but the more I think about it the more want to do the DHG. waiting for the last of my plants to arrive before I decide what I'll chose. I'm pretty sure you can keep DHG at around an inch short but it would require frequent cutting. I'm not positive though.

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If the light is placed close to the top of the aquarium, you'll definitely be in high light, so you should be able to grow light demanding plants like HC. DHG and microsword seem to do just fine in medium light. Hoppy has a great chart put together here for lighting:
https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...d.php?t=105774

If you're considering DHG, know that not all DHG (eleocharis) is created equal. DHG belem is very short (1"), DHG parvula (1"-3") a little taller, DHG acicularis (3"-5") taller still, and vivipara is really tall, sometimes a foot or more. All of these values are estimates and seem to vary from tank to tank and on how they have been trimmed previously. These sometimes get mixed up, too, so you order parvula and you get belem or order parvula and get acicularis.

In my tank, I have what is supposed to be parvula, but it is staying very short and new growth is curling over much like belem, so who knows. In my case, DHG is shorter than my microsword (Lilaeopsis brasiliensis). I am finding that microsword is very invasive. I see it coming up all over my hairgrass field. It may take over eventually.

Are you going for an iwagumi look?

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Wow! thanks for all the input, some interesting stuff, especially in that link.

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Are you going for an iwagumi look?
the more i research and the more tanks i look at, yes thats the route i want to take, however, with the tanks dimensions being so tall, i dont want to end up with a scape that looks empty due to excessive height. i think that that can be solved by an effective hardscape, but i havent found the right rocks/driftwood yet.
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I went with the DHG in mine. Im a week in and the grass died a little initially then came back that bright awesome green and is beginning to spread some.
This is a pic of it only being in the tank about a week.
Keep in mind it is just starting to grow but should soon grow to be a ncie carpet(=



As you can see in these closeups some died off and gave way to new bright green life(=


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DHG belem grows short but not as straight as the other strains of it. If you want to be trimming weekly you can keep other ones at 1 1 1/2"
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