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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-18-2003, 12:15 AM Thread Starter
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We just got the starter fish in our first tank, a 90 gallon. Planning to cycle it until after the holidays, at least, before planting. Would love to have some input on low maintenance plants-groundcovers that won't fill the entire tank, that kind of thing. We're going for a lightly-planted effect.
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Well to start with how much light do you have on this tank? That makes a huge difference in ground cover choices. Also you should read my FAQ about cycling a planted tank. I think it would help you out a lot.

Now on to your question. I have not found a lot of "low maintenance" ground covers. Either you have ground covers that grow fast, Glosso, and require work or you have ground covers that grow slowly, C. parva and take a long time to fill in. You could go with dwarf Sag but I really don't consider that "low maintenance", at least it's not in my tank.
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We will have about 3w/gal. Low maintenance was a poor choice of words. Non-invasive and compact are more like it. I'll check out the FAQ on cycling a tank. We've gotten very different opinions on that subject.
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Ok, non-invasive and compact I can deal with. C. parva, only way to go. You will need a lot as it is slow growing but when it fills in it is awesome!
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Do you know the whole genus name? I am currious cause I am looking into some ground cover also and with the genus name I think I will be able to find some info about it on the net.

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It's funny. I use Google as a search engine. Typing in C. parva turned up Cryptocoryne parva right off the bat. It is just me or are people afraid to use a good search engine? Everyday on almost every forum I see people asking questions that could easily be answered by a simple Google search.
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With 3 watts per gallon, you can grow most any foreground plant. Lilaeopsis grows slow enough to be easily managed, (Micro sword) and grows into a thick grass like sod that is only about 2" tall.

Here is an article you may find helpfull

http://www.aquabotanic.com/foregroundaquascape.htm

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I would not get the M.crenata or quadrifoilia as in my experience it is VERY invasive
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