Low maintenance carpeted aquarium? - The Planted Tank Forum
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-23-2008, 10:03 PM Thread Starter
Algae Grower
 
swharden's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Gainesville, FL
Posts: 7
Low maintenance carpeted aquarium?

I love the look and the simplicity of the iwagumi-style aquariums, especially the green carpets! (pic) I'm about to set up a 55g setup, but I want it to be all planned out before I start. I want to put some large rocks in the center, and have a single species of plant serve as carpet for the aquarium. From what I read, glosso (a common recommendation) requires constant and meticulous trimming, and other carpet-style plants are difficult to get to cover the entire tank. From your experience, what plant would you recommend for me to quickly and entirely cover the substrate of my tank that would require as little maintenance as possible? Additionally, what substrate would you recommend to go with it? (I'd be using DIY CO2 with ~2gal of yeast/sugar mixture)

Last edited by swharden; 06-23-2008 at 10:04 PM. Reason: adding emphasis on "low maintenance"
swharden is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-23-2008, 10:48 PM
Planted Tank Guru
 
PTrader: (15/86%)
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: United States
Posts: 2,470
growing a thick, low and lust carpet with diy co2 and not high light will be impossible.

You could try e tenellus, or HM if you have moderate light but it will take forever to fill in.

2 gallons of DIY will become more expensive than pressurised really quick too

This user has been suspended indefinitely due to the abuse of the Swap and Shop forum.
fishsandwitch is offline  
post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-24-2008, 12:03 AM
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
volatile's Avatar
 
PTrader: (37/100%)
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: California
Posts: 721
I recommend HC with aquasoil as your substrate. It doesn't require trimming and it spreads quickly. The only thing you have to watch out for is getting algae on it.
volatile is offline  
 
post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-24-2008, 12:16 AM
Planted Tank Guru
 
PTrader: (15/86%)
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: United States
Posts: 2,470
volitile...he is doing diy c02...

and if he is doing diy c02 there is no way he can maintain enough co2 for HC

This user has been suspended indefinitely due to the abuse of the Swap and Shop forum.
fishsandwitch is offline  
post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-24-2008, 02:10 AM
Planted Tank Guru
 
ikuzo's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Indonesia
Posts: 2,146
Send a message via Yahoo to ikuzo
go for Marsilea hirsuta


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
ikuzo is offline  
post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-24-2008, 03:11 AM
Planted Member
 
susantroy1's Avatar
 
PTrader: (14/100%)
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: New Port Richey, Fla
Posts: 229
Thanks for the post ikuzo now if I can find any.....


Troy


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
susantroy1 is offline  
post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-24-2008, 03:33 AM
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 33
Mabuhay!

I would just like to share this link to you folks
http://www.mypalhs.com/forums/showthread.php?t=66407

he just used DIY-CO2 and HC. though the language is mostly written in Filipino but i guess the pictures will say it all

Godbless
mujacko2002 is offline  
post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-25-2008, 07:33 PM
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
volatile's Avatar
 
PTrader: (37/100%)
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: California
Posts: 721
Quote:
Originally Posted by fishsandwitch View Post
volitile...he is doing diy c02...

and if he is doing diy c02 there is no way he can maintain enough co2 for HC
Why not? There are users on here that use DIY with HC with no problems. I only use Excel, which is not as effective as DIY CO2, and I had a whole carpet of nice green HC.
volatile is offline  
post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-25-2008, 09:14 PM
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 49
We have HC growing suprisingly fast in our 75 gallon with moderate light, diy CO2 and a nano diffuser. It might not be ideal conditions, and it might not be growing superfast, but it's doing a lot better than we expected it would.

Another plant i've found good for carpets is UG it's growing like stink in the above tank and we have SUPER hard water. So is the Dwarf Sag, but it's quite a bit larger and won't give the same lush carpet effect.

Dwarf hairgrass on the other hand, didn't work out fantastically, it grew, but really slowly. We've since moved it to another tank where it gets more light. Strangely, it's stopped growing all together there.

Basically, i think you just have to find a what works for your tank and your water conditions. I mean, we've got plants growing in conditions that people said would be impossible and apparently Easy plants that are dying off. Try something for a couple of months, if it doesn't work, try something else. Eventually you will find what works for you.
sadielmorris is offline  
Reply

Tags
None

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome