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I just picked up some staurogyne repens at a plant auction last weekend to give it a try in my low/mid-tech tanks. I'm still very new at this... My plan is to allow it to grow some new roots and then cut it way back which will encourage the low thick carpet that I'm looking for. I was told you don't need CO2 to accomplish this, but it'll take time to see. I also have a single c. parva plant which completely melted when I added it, but is growing back very slowy (three leaves in as many weeks). I have medium light in my 20-gallon and I'm starting to see some of the plants stunted which I assume is because of the lack of CO2.

As the last poster said, high light and CO2 kind of go hand-in-hand which requires a nice balance between the two so you can't add one without the other (without problems). If you add CO2, you'll need more light for the plants to thrive. If you go with higher light, you'll need CO2 for the plants to thrive.

I've gotten to the point where I can only ask so many questions and get so many answers before I just need to try it out for myself and see what happens. Bottom line, get a bunch of stuff, try it out. If it doesn't work, move on to a different plant. That's part of the fun anyway! :D
 
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