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Lilaeopsis novae-zealandiae and HC together...any problems?

I am planning to use Lilaeopsis novae-zealandiae in the mid-ground of my tank and HC as the foreground...

My concern is that the Lilaeopsis novae-zealandiae will take over the HC...

Is it a good or bad idea to have them in the same tank...and should i be concerned about my other plants in the tank?

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any time you have two foreground plants like that you will have some maintnence to make it look the way you want. I say go for it i think it could look nice. I actually like the natural wild look not the pruned perfect look.
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No, it will probably be the other way around. Lilaeopsis grows and spreads VERY VERY slowly. Now if you had Lilaeopsis mauritius, that would be a different story. It spreads much quicker

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My 55 Gallon uses HC as a foreground and lilaeopsis as a midground. Robert is right, they are both slow growers, but lilaeopsis does grow a bit faster than the HC.

In my tank, the lilaeopsis eventually started to grow under and lift up the HC. it does not displace the HC though since the lilaeopsis provides a nice base for it to grow on. Occasionally a few stray blades will stick out of the HC, but I just trim those off occasionally to keep it all looking tidy.

Again the lilaeopsis does lift the HC over time. My HC foreground ended up an inch higher above the substrate than I wanted. I'm still satisfied with the results though.

Actually here's a quick photo to illustrate what I mean:

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