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I'm kind of new to the planted tanks and I'm looking for a carpeting type plant, that isn't extremely difficult to maintain. Any suggestions on what would make a nice, lush green carpet, without co2...I'm dosing macro/micro ferts and using root tabs, and I have good light.


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Any advice on keeping it from taking over everything...I just don't want it to choke out my other plants, I'm looking for that nice, neat, tight carpet effect


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There are alot of carpeting plants:

Marisela Minuta
Hemianthus Callitrichoides
Eleocharis Acicularis
Echinodorus Tenellus is commonly called ‘pygmy chain sword’.
Dwarf Hair Grass
Dwarf sag
Broadleaf Chain Sword
Dwarf Helzine
Brazilian Micro-Sword
Mauritius Microsword

Just a few that I have worked with, different parameters required for some. There is alot of information here on the forum also.
Glosso
Hydrocolyte Japan
Blynx Japonica

Some Moss can carpet well if used right:

Flame moss-grows vertical pretty cool carpet
 

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Is Riccia a carpeting plant...I had the opportunity to grab some at Petco today, but I opted out seeing as I don't know much about it and i have more plants on the way from a member of this site.


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I have some HC (dwarf Baby tears), and Glosso. Glosso is much easier to deal with overall. That is just my experience with the two though.

Right now I am trying to do a full Downoi carpet and it has been remarkably easy thus far. I also want to try a tall blyxa Jap carpet. I have some growing in my grow out tank for a 20 long I'm setting up now.
 

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I think Lilaeopsis mauritiana is my favorite of the easy carpeting plants.

Similar in appearance to Elechocharis species, but doesn't need mowing, does well in low light, and doesn't require CO2. Give it a decent substrate and doesn't need water column dosing, either.

Tends to be slower getting established than some of the others, but once it does, looks fantastic.
 

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I think Lilaeopsis mauritiana is my favorite of the easy carpeting plants.

Similar in appearance to Elechocharis species, but doesn't need mowing, does well in low light, and doesn't require CO2. Give it a decent substrate and doesn't need water column dosing, either.

Tends to be slower getting established than some of the others, but once it does, looks fantastic.

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I think Lilaeopsis mauritiana is my favorite of the easy carpeting plants.

Similar in appearance to Elechocharis species, but doesn't need mowing, does well in low light, and doesn't require CO2. Give it a decent substrate and doesn't need water column dosing, either.

Tends to be slower getting established than some of the others, but once it does, looks fantastic.

Do you know the common nam? In the plant profiles section I can't seem to find it...I found lilaeopsis macloviana and lilaeopsis brasiliensis (Brazilian micro sword)


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It's relatively new to the hobby, so doesn't have much of a common name- it's a variety of Microsword, I've heard it called Mauritius Microsword (it was discovered on the island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean back in the 1990s)
 

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I use a tank with CO2, so I'm not sure how it will work for you, but after trying several things and failing Hydrocotyle has grown great for me.
 

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I'm guessing co2 is necessary for HC, can anyone confirm this?..would liquid co2 booster suffice to keep it alive for a month or so?


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