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post #1 of 3 Old 06-10-2012, 09:28 AM Thread Starter
What's A Good Plant For Substrate Carpeting?

Hi. I have a 10g. medium planted lo-tek tank and I'd like to start my carpet Anyone know what species and where on the Net I can order it, or if people order it from a dealer? I know that some species are more suited to a low-tech and some need a high-tech (high light and CO2).

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post #2 of 3 Old 06-10-2012, 01:23 PM
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"Carpet" can mean something a bit different to various aquarists. "Lawn" type plants are usually not too successful in non-high tech systems because of the lower light intensity and CO2. But one can still have low-height plants over portions of the substrate, and my favourites are the pygmy chain sword or one of the smaller crypt species such as Cryptocoryne parva. Both are in our profiles, click the shaded names.

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post #3 of 3 Old 06-10-2012, 08:44 PM
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I have Pygmy Chain Sword, it grows pretty fast and sends out runners like crazy if the plant has some decent light (moderate).

When it's shaded under my floating plants (so low light) it's quite a bit slower but still manages. That's been my experience with it at least.

With it's runners though, it will 'carpet' the tank eventually. Dwarf Hairgrass is one a lot of people mention for the grass like look, but I think it's a lot more hit or miss in non-CO2 systems.
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