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dusted 05-11-2011 10:38 PM

carpet in 20 long
 
Hello, I have a open space in the front/middle of my aquarium and was thinking of adding some type of carpet plant. I have a low-tech aquarium and was wondering what kind of plant would work?

bettababy 05-12-2011 12:51 AM

Can you post a pic of your tank please and offer a list of what you mean by "low tech"? Its impossible for someone to suggest a plant that will do well for you if we don't know anything about the tank, including the population of animals, filtration, lighting, temp, other plants, substrate, etc.

SinCrisis 05-12-2011 11:26 AM

well a moss carpet will grow in nearly any set of conditions so you can make a java moss carpet.. but beyond that we will need more details

dusted 05-12-2011 01:08 PM

I was going to try out dwarf sag but I see it can get pretty tall.

Plants: Hornwort, Java fern, Java moss, Anacharis, Wisteria and a bulb plant.
Light: 8000k full spectrum daylight "6-8hrs of light"
substrate: carib-sea peace river gravel
Temp: 75F
Fish: 8 neons, 6 head n' tails and 2 corys

bettababy 05-12-2011 01:21 PM

A few suggestions for you
lobelia, small form:
Arizona Aquatic Gardens - Lobelia small form (Lobelia cardinalis) Aquatic Plant

dwarf baby tears:
Arizona Aquatic Gardens - Baby Tears, Dwarf (Hemianthus callitrichoides) Aquarium Plant
(not to be mistaken for the standard baby tears, which is an amphibious plant..)

glossostigma:
Arizona Aquatic Gardens - Potted - Glossostigma

And there are a wide variety of mosses, including the java that can grow into a nice ground cover over time. To start java moss as a ground cover you can either anchor a bit to small porous rocks (such as lava or tufa rock) and lay these along the bottom of the tank, or you can attempt to anchor it directly into the substrate. With corys in the tank I would suggest using small/flat type rock to get this started, as the corys will cause a lot of disturbance as they rustle around in it, making it difficult for the moss to take hold directly in the substrate to get it started. Over time it will spread and begin to cover the substrate on its own.

Hope this helps.

SinCrisis 05-12-2011 08:26 PM

HC and glosstigma are both fairly demanding imo, HC will likely need co2, the light seems sufficient, but the CO2 may not be sufficient. glosstigma needs a lot of maintenence.. and it also requires a good amount of co2.


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