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Low tech ground cover

What is the best low tech ground cover plant w/ no co2 or ferts.
I need ground cover in a 25g shrimp tank.

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dwarf sag is a possibility for you

but it can take over pretty easily

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Dwarf sag is very resilient. If you are using soil or MTS as a base, you could also grow DHG (slowly), glosso, or java moss (works well with shrimp).

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I wish my dwarf sag would take over. I have one crown that I put in a year ago. It might have gone from 2" blades to 3" blades during that time. Meanwhile, my crypts and anubias are showing better growth.

Bizarrely, my month-old downoi is really starting to fill in with low, bushy growth and provides me better "ground cover". It has become one of my new favorite plants.
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I agree with the dwarf sag suggestions, I've grown it in high and low light. It tends to get taller in higher light; that's just my observation. It is highly invasive though, and will tend to jump any barriers you try to put in it's way in a quest to take over the entire tank. I cull and sell it to a local fish store when it gets too thick. I stick a few jobe's plant spikes around its roots and off it goes.
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I would go with moss. Just lay some rocks spaced out a bit with moss on them and eventually you'll have a green carpet. I don't think the shrimp will mind a bit.
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I would go with moss. Just lay some rocks spaced out a bit with moss on them and eventually you'll have a green carpet. I don't think the shrimp will mind a bit.
Thought about this as I have some already in the tank but it's VERY slow growing....

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any carpeting plants grow in gravel?
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Thought about this as I have some already in the tank but it's VERY slow growing....

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Yeah, thus the LOW maintenance. Anything that grows fast will not be low maintenance.
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Monte Carlo is a nice low tech ground cover.

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Yeah, thus the LOW maintenance. Anything that grows fast will not be low maintenance.
Perhaps I didn't understand.
I didn't ask for low maintenance ?
I said low tech. IE: no ferts or CO2.
Growth speed is not really a concern, only the lack of.
Was hoping for something low tech that will grow at least at a medium speed.

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Oops wrong thread

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Monte Carlo is a nice low tech ground cover.
Will that still spread decently without CO2?

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Oops wrong thread
I did wonder about that.....

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I did wonder about that.....

Yeah sorry, was waiting for someone to respond to the Monte Carlo/CO2 post & updating one of my threads at the same time.

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