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post #1 of 20 Old 03-03-2012, 12:22 PM Thread Starter
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Baby Tears, or, Pygmy Chain Sword?

I have 2 tanks:-

12 gallon - 15watt, fluorescent, 6500k bulb, regular doses small doses of excel. - 1.2wpg
17litre - 27watt, flourescent, 6500k bulb, regular smaller doses of excel. 7wpg.

I really want a foreground, carpet plant and I was just wondering whether these plants will grow in either of the tanks? If not, any suggestions?

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post #2 of 20 Old 03-03-2012, 01:10 PM
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The pygmy chain sword will do well in either. I've never tried the other plant, my light is moderate and many say it needs bright light though some members have had it grow in less than bright.

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Chain sword will work, I personally prefer dwarf sag. It's a little taller, but grows in much faster.

What kind of substrate to you have? If either tank has sand, dwarf hairgrass is another one of my favorites.

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I'm pleased that the pygmy chain sword stands a chance, I don't know how effective it will look with my aquascaping skills though lol. Will it grow leggy in the 12 gallon though, instead of staying short and more of a carpet plant?

Nope, no sand just gravel.

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I've actually never grown it, I went with the dwarf sag. I've heard Byron say it works though, so it must.

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I'll give it a go, I found it for less than £2 online so its hardly going to break the bank lol.

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Pygmy chain sword will gorw according to the light and nutrients. In brighter light it tends to remain shorter, whereas in less light it will be taller, generally speaking. Nutrients have to balance whichever. Having said all this, this plant can vary even within the same tank.

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I just hope when I plant it, my BN won't dig it all back up lol. Thank you for your help :)

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post #9 of 20 Old 03-04-2012, 10:42 AM Thread Starter
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I'm just wondering, is flourish comprehensive a decent fertilizer to be using? or is there something else I can add to the tanks, as well as this, or will it just not make a difference to the appearance of the plants?

Basically, under my brighter lighting my plants go slightly red. Iis there anything else I can add to the water coloumn, to get better colouring from these plants?

Hopefully this makes sense, i'm not the best at explaining my thoughts lol.

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I'm just wondering, is flourish comprehensive a decent fertilizer to be using? or is there something else I can add to the tanks, as well as this, or will it just not make a difference to the appearance of the plants?

Basically, under my brighter lighting my plants go slightly red. Iis there anything else I can add to the water coloumn, to get better colouring from these plants?

Hopefully this makes sense, i'm not the best at explaining my thoughts lol.
Which plants go red?

Flourish Comprehensive is a complete nutrient fertilizer. You can also use Brightwell Aquatics' FlorinMulti, it is manufactured in the UK so you might see it locally. I've not used it myself, but from their website it seems much the same as Flourish Comp.

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