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Carpet/zen covering (glosso, etc.) ... Newbie question - HELP PLEASE!

Hi Everyone,

I'm getting ready to plant my 250 gallon and am hoping to create a zen-like scape like this:

Ideally, all low lying carpet throughout. My ideal plant would be glosso, but I'm not sure I'm up to it.

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Tank size: 8.5' x 2' x 2'
Substrate: flourite and eco-complete
Lighting: 6 current T5 HO (3 actinic, 3 white) ... I believe they're 39 w each (not sure of the rating, but they seem a lot brighter than this)
C02: Red Sea C02 Pro System
Fert: Seachem Flourish
Filtration: Eheim 2078
Fish: 2 silver aros, 3 discus, 2 bala sharks, various danios/feeders

Any advice is greatly appreciated!

BTW, here is the tank now:
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To grow glosso you will definitely need to change your present lighting. Since your tank is 2' deep it will need high intensity lighting to reach the bottom and grow a carpet like the above pic. Probably Metal halides would be better.My 2C.
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I would also remove your root feeder plants from that rockwool housing , it will grow a lot better in the substrate directly.
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To grow glosso you will definitely need to change your present lighting. Since your tank is 2' deep it will need high intensity lighting to reach the bottom and grow a carpet like the above pic. Probably Metal halides would be better.My 2C.
How about if I double up my T5's? Adding 3 more sets (6 bulbs) would bring me to 468 watts. Plus I will be raising my gravel height considerable as well.

Will this allow me to grow glosso?
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In my opinion you are going to have to dose some macro ferts too. Flourish wont cut it.

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My favorite carpet-like plant has been Hemianthus micranthemoides. Someone recommended it a long time ago for a great foreground plant and all I have to do is trim it down to the desired length (currently less than half an inch) every two weeks. It's a lot lower on maintenance than several others!
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