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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-24-2004, 11:26 PM Thread Starter
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Can someone give me some names of plants that I can use as a carpet in the tank. I have 3 WPG of lightining, a DIY Co2 system, and eco-complete for the substrate.
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I like Lilaeopsis, looks a lot like lawn grass.

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Hemianthus Micranthemoides, glossostigma, echinoderu tenellus...

I currently have a 2.5" carpet of h. Micranthemoides.

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M. Micranthemoides is variable in height, I have it in a 10 gallon with 3.8wpg spiral flourescents and it is 3 inches tall, in a 38 gallon with 2.3wpg NO flourescent tubes (3x30watts) it is creeping along the gravel with no height whatsoever, very low ferts in that tank so far. we'll see what it does with nitrates added to the current traces and iron it gets.
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You can pretty much sculpt your H. Micranthemoides by the way that you trim it.

You can also pull out some of the runners and plant them in 6" clumps.

You can manipulate the plant with a little practice.

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This gets asked around every so often, and this is my collection from various replies:

- Eleocharis parvula
- Glossostigma elatinoides
- Marsilea sp
- Echinodorus tennelus "regular"/"micro"
- Cryptocoryne parva, pygmaea
- Hemianthus callitrichoides
- Hemianthus micranthemoides
- Monosolenium tenerum
- Vesicularia dubyana
- Riccia fluitans
- Lobelia cardinalis "dwarf"
- Ranalisma rostrata
- Anubias barteri nana “petit”
- Sagittaria subulata 'dwarf'
- Eleocharis acicularis
- Blyxa japonica
- Hydrocotyle verticellata
- Lilaeopsis

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nice list :P

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One of these days I'm going to get around to adding some description.
That will make it more betterer.

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I started my new tank with Hemianthus micranthemoides and dwarf-hairgrass. The Hemianthus is doing much better. Faster growth and less of a target for hair algae. Mine is about 3 inches thick. It mostly creeps along the bottom (3 inches), but will 'fire' a long shoot into the air every couple inches. Looks kinda groovy.

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