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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-07-2007, 03:19 AM Thread Starter
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I'm looking for a good ground cover for my 30G tank. My tap water is 5.95 pH although I target 6.4-6.6 with buffer and rocks. I'm running a desolved CO2 of arround 30ppm via diy yeast, 3 wpg via diy hood and dose w/ SeaChem Flourish 3x per week per instructions w/ 50% water changes every week. Substrate is an aquatic bed mix w/ sand on top. Any sugestions?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-07-2007, 04:48 AM
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Get a 1/2 by 1/2 plug of eleocharis. It grew wild in a similar set up of mine with a soilmaster substrate. Not sure about the sand but I would think it would do OK. It will cover the ground if that's what you really want.

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It really depends on what type of look you are trying to acheive. I assume you might be wanting a "carpet-like" effect. Here are a few you might consider but keep in mind there are many more...

Dwarf Hairgrass
Glossostigma
Marsilea sp.
Sagitaria subulata
E. tellenus

Also, are you dosing macros (Nitrates, Phosphates, and Potassium)? If not, you're heading down the path to multiple problems, namely algae and nutrient deficiencies. Take a look at Rex's site if you haven't already.

http://www.rexgrigg.com/ferts.htm

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Yes, carpet fill in is what I'm looking for. The Nitrates, Phosphates, and Potassium wouldn't be in the SeaChem Flourish? I did visit Rex's site and was hoping I could hold off a little while on dosing individual ferts but if that's what my tank needs, then that's what my tank needs. Thanks for the advice.
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Seachem does make macro solutions but they are sold as a singular mixture. I.E. Flourish Nitrogen, Flourish Potassium, etc. You are probably using a trace mixture which is indeed important but it doesn't cover all the bases. The problem with with using commericially made ferts is that they are expensive, especially if you have a large tank. You can obtain dry ferts from Rex or Greg Watson. They are cheap and should last you a long time.

In the meantime I'd suggest frequent water changes. Tap water has some of these nutrients already in it and it may get you by until you can get your ferts.

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My favorite carpeting plant is Lilaeopsis brasiliensis, but I haven't had much luck getting it to carpet in my sand-only tank. I'd like to try Utricularia graminifolia next.


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