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post #1 of 14 Old 08-20-2012, 12:45 AM Thread Starter
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Two carpet question/Byron pls help!

Two questions, and Byron please help me!! Your tanks are awesome!!

1. Are there any red carpet plants? That would be so cool if there was.

2. Byron, do you have carpet plants? And if so what is the easiest and fastest growing one? I like pygmy chain sword the best, but if there are easier ones that would be awesome :) Want fast growing plants so I can have other plants in my other tanks :)) I have two watts a gallon in a 20 inch tank (would this be considered tall? So confusing!) and you have 1 watt a gallon, is that correct?

Sorry to pester you, but after seeing plants in the lake while camping I got so paranoided about aquascaping (in a good way). I'm not kidding. I kept thinking that plant looks like so and so, this on elooks just like this, from a distance with my glasses off that look like a sword. <-- That was skunk cabbage, not going in the fish tank.

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post #2 of 14 Old 08-20-2012, 03:40 AM
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one of the fastest growing carpet plants are mosses. The bonus is they do not need a lot of light. I don't know about red ones. Extreme caution if considering taking plants from the wild. One you risk bringing in diseasesand parasites, and two given your area you are probably looking at a cold water species. Cold water species usually cant live warm water varieties. This is due to the vastly different water temp requirements, unless you get lucky and find ones whose temp ranges overlap.

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Dude, I never said I wanted to collect them. I'm doing an Amazon bio-type.

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There are three choices Pygmy chain sword, Chain sword, and Dwarf Sagittaria. All three are easy plants and grow very fast once they settle in.

What kind of lights do you have? I know you said you have 2 watts per gallon but you can still have the wrong lighting of you don't have the right Kelvin bulbs. Plants do best in a Kelvin range of 5000 - 7000k. Most ppl use around 6500k.
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There are three choices Pygmy chain sword, Chain sword, and Dwarf Sagittaria. All three are easy plants and grow very fast once they settle in.

What kind of lights do you have? I know you said you have 2 watts per gallon but you can still have the wrong lighting of you don't have the right Kelvin bulbs. Plants do best in a Kelvin range of 5000 - 7000k. Most ppl use around 6500k.
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Dwarf Sag looks neat too, not a big fan of chain sword, though.
I have no idea what the bulbs are, I got everything of Craigslist. There the screw-in type? I dont know if that helps. One is coated in a blue thing that my dad guesses is for plants. I think the tank was used for turtles before me, just guessing with the 3 containers of turtle food.

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Never mind, I'm thinking of dwarf.

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post #7 of 14 Old 08-20-2012, 05:23 PM
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Screw in types. CFL? Are they spiral type bulbs or just a normal looking bulbs like Incandescent? Its very important to have the right spectrum bulb. Either type will work though CFL's don't use as much energy or heat.
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I am not a fan of true "carpet" plants, as I do not like the substrate covered but prefer it somewhat open which is more natural. But by "carpet" I am meaning the true substrate covers. Pygmy chain sword and chain sword I have in most of my tanks as the "foreground" plants, or some of the crypts also work. You can get reddish/brownish crypts.

If your tank is 20 inches in length, it is likely a 10 gallon. And with an incandescant (screw-in bulb type) lighting fixture. I have this over my 10g and 20g, and I use two GE 10w Daylight 6500K CFL bulbs.

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I've seen some varieties of pygmy chain sword take on a reddish tint in high light.

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I've seen some varieties of pygmy chain sword take on a reddish tint in high light.
Yes. The true species, Hellanthium tenellum, when grown in brighter light can be reddish. This usually requires more nutrients, including CO2 as well to balance.

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