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How to carpet DBT?

I've got some dwarf baby tears in my tank, but they are growing UP. Some are 4-5 in long, but I have 5.4 wpg of T5HO light at 6500 and 10000 K, with CO2 injected at ~3 bps and 2 in of floramax substrate. How do I get them to carpet?


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What size tank? Taller tanks need stronger lighting to get to the substrate. Most carpeting plants need constant trimming to keep them short and compact. Think of it like your lawn, without cutting weekly it grows tall and sparse.


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It's only been in there a week, tank is 15" deep


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Give it more time. And trim.

Keep trimming also to keep it healthy, even after it fills in completely. I had a DBT carpet, and loved it. But I didn't trim it enough, and eventually the roots became detached from the substrate because so much of the mass of the thing was above the substrate.
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