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Mixed carpet?

Has anyone ever mixed in dwarf hair grass with dwarf baby tears for a carpet? I think it might make for an interesting look. I am tempted to give it a try unless it just ends up looking like an unholy mess from others experience.


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I think if it is evenly mixed throughout, it will look...messy and man-made. However, if planted in sections, and, allowed to overlap and flow together, it would look more natural and pleasing. I think the trick is to plan it out... but, get it to look natural and 'un-planned'! LOL! Hope this helps, and, of course...just my opinion without seeing it. Do as you have in mind and see how it goes. You're the artist and your vision might be stunning...won't know until we see it!
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I would definitely try it!

I hate it when people obsess over keeping plants seperate in an aquarium. In nature, plants grow together. There are plants that grow in between skinny plants, with other plants, under tall plants, etc. Trying stuff like what you're doing can be great for making a healthy, dense, natural-looking planted tank.
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It doesn't look messy at all. It actually looks more natural for HC and E. parvula to grow together, especially because E. parvula doesn't grow very tall so it has a whispy effect. I would generally prefer a mixed carpet of at least three species because it looks more natural.
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Agreed. I like the way DHG looks mixed with other carpeting plants. What I hate is trimming the DHG and removing the clippings
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I did Belem with glosso and regretted it.

The problem is that they will start growing over each other or one will end up out competing the other over time, leaving you with a lot more of one than the other.

It might work with HC though but them again I also could see the HC dying due to being out competed in the same spot.

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I'm trying it right now but without co2 it's not looking good.


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I have a bubble bowl I'm just letting grow on its own that has dwarf baby tears, micro sword, and narrow leaf chain sword I'm letting slowly grow into each other.

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