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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-24-2003, 10:57 PM Thread Starter
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What are some good plants for "ground cover"? I'm looking for lowgrowing, creeping plants that are preferably small since I only have an Eclipse 3 until we get out electricity fixed :p
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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-24-2003, 11:19 PM
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Another Portlander, welcome!

How much lighting do you have over this setup? Are you injecting CO2 (tricky with a small tank)?
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Wow! It's great to meet someone else in Portland I just moved here..
I'm using CO 2 tablets.. the kind you're supposed to drop in once a week. I wanted to buy the Hagen CO2 kit but I'm on a college student budget and couldn't afford it. Will the tablets suffice?
The lighting is the original lighting.
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Hagen CO2 Natural system $21.99 http://www.drsfostersmith.com/Produc...amp;in_merch=1

That's less than the price of 2 delivery pizzas. You might be able to swing that.
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I vote for pearlgrass.
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Buy the diffuser and use a juice bottle as the reactor. If you have questions PM me and I will give you my phone number and we can discuss it over the phone. You can get the diffuser for $12 locally and it works great. I use DIY on a couple of 10 gallon tanks that are too far from the pressurized system.
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I like the BEAUTIFUL Hemianthus callitrichoides. Here a picture of it, thanks to Oliver Knott...
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Dang, are those available in the states?
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I "need' to get me some of that!!!


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I don't know....(unfortunately i can't find them in Holland ). You can check the website of this guy: https://www.plantedtank.net/forum/vie...?p=26829#26829
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I just tossed a bunch of that stuff, it grows like a weed on crack... I plan on cleaning the tank this weekend. I might beable to part with some if anyone has something interesting to trade...

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P.S. Most online plant retailers sell it. Look at my journal https://www.plantedtank.net/forum/vie...sc&start=0

I have it growing upright on the right side.

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wellbiz, i looked at your pictures and i couldn't detect Hemianthus Callitrichoides, only his brother: Hemianthus Micranthemoides.
H. Callitrichoides is much more dense than H. Micranthemoides, it also stays low and it grows slower than H. Micranthemoides.
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You could be 100% correct. I know the leaf structure is similar, but I have never tried to grow it as a ground cover as the pics suggest... I assume then the name pearl weed, is somewhat of a blanket name to cover 2-3 plants, or where I bought it was incorrect... My bad... Sorry to get everyone excited... ops:

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P.S I though Hemianthus Callitrichoides common name was Dwarf Helzine... Again I am the newbie hear and could be wrong.

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With that much light and CO2 via the Hagen diffuser I think glossostigma is very much doable and would be the ideal plant for a tank this small. Have you visited The Wet Spot yet?
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All I have to trade are carnivorous plants.. a few Drosera and Pinguicula
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