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Hey TPT, I am about to fill my first planted tank. It is a 10g high tech tank, I have a fluvel canister filter, 5lb c02 with a aquatek solenoid regulator, and dual T5 HO 10,000k lights. I want to start out with planting a nice carpet, what do you guys suggest?
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I vote staurogyne repens.


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Holy light batman! Glosso or HC


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Moss on rocks would work and then let them grow in
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Holy light batman! Glosso or HC
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Plant healthy HC stem by stem and wait a few months. Never had glosso but I think its easier. Glosso can get out of control and requires more trimming I believe...


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Note the beginner part. As a beginner I struggle to plant a single stem by hand. Maybe crypt parva? Though I had nice luck with staurugyne repens too.

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The easiest carpet plants would be a moss (other than Java) tied to stones.

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Maybe crypt parva?
Maybe, if you had a few decades to wait for it to fill in. Crypt parva is a reaaalllllyyy slow grower.


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I actually think glosso is a good idea. HC/Hairgrass seem to be difficult for some people, whether in the planting or acclimatization stage, while staurogyne repens and crypt parva spread rather slowly. Glosso is easy to grow and spreads fast, so beginners know they're doing the right thing once they see new growth.

On a side note I find staurogyne truly more suited to mid-ground as it can be grown tall and pruned into nice bushes. HC and other tiny leafed plants are good ground covers because they make the tank look larger by comparison.

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Regarding water retention of co2, im thinking adding surface area by breaking the surface increases escape not retention, the affinity is to go to the air not to the water but I dont have any links

a place that would is aquaticeco.com the masters of lake destratification

anyone, chemists

if increasing surface boil retains co2 mind=blown thats about 15 yrs concept blown

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What about four leaf clover they grow at a moderate pace and are easy.


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sagitaria also ok but good co2 is recommended
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Dwarf hairgrass since you have CO2. HC grows fine with CO2 but you need to keep on trimming it or else it will get too thick causing the bottom of the stems to rot away making it uproot.

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Maybe, if you had a few decades to wait for it to fill in. Crypt parva is a reaaalllllyyy slow grower.
Quite possibly the most accurate description of c. parva out there.
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Hairgrass / HC or bust.
You got the gear so get a nice carpet.
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Glosso is an absolute favorite plant of mine. It can be weedy in the right conditions, but with a trim every month, it makes for a beautiful beginner plant. HC can be a good beginner plant, but for really quick and lush growth, I recommend at least medium light and some form of co2 and the occasional ferts. Otherwise, it can yellow and take forever to fill in unless you do the DSM.


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