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Old 05-09-2012, 04:04 PM   #1 
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Carpetting plants?

I have a newly set up planted 2 gal. tank, and I'm having some re-thinking on my choice of a carpet plant. I bought a mat of riccia fluitans as I am unsure of the wattage output on my light (it is a 31 led lamp, part of the Fluval SPEC package) and am aware that in order for most plants to carpet, high lighting is usually required. I tied it with fishing line to a mesh and buried the mesh in the sand, however the riccia being a non-rooting plant has been the perfect target for Epic to traumatize. As a result its beginning to come up in unsightly clumps and clogging my overflow. So I'm thinking a plant that actually roots into the substrate is much better permanent option.

Any suggestions? I like the baby tears but doubt my lighting is enough.
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Old 05-09-2012, 04:20 PM   #2 
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Hmm, I am not much of a plant expert so,...... I don't know, but yeah try to get rooting plants, much easier
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Old 05-09-2012, 06:42 PM   #3 
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I had lots of trouble even getting my ricca to grow as a floating plant let alone a carpet plant. I reccommend dwarf hair grass, it doesn't grow very tall and it propagates through runners (which you want as a carpet) it also looks just like grass so it looks great as a "lawn" per say. I have it in 3 of my 4 tanks.
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Old 05-10-2012, 01:43 AM   #4 
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http://www.acumenaquatics.com/gallery.html. 2nd tank down. It's not exactly hi-tech, but moss can make a beautiful carpet. :)
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Old 05-10-2012, 02:21 AM   #5 
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Riccia will do everything it can to float.You really have to put it in mesh and keep a very close eye on it so it doesn`t break free. It will try, and will get in everything.

But, that is assuming you have enough light and enough CO2 in the water. It is really demanding in my experience. You absolutely need to have a ton of light and CO2 to keep it going. Hair grass is easier, but it won`t really spread much without adding CO2 or something like liquid carbon.

LED lighting is usually never enough for plants unless you invest in something serious.
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Old 05-10-2012, 02:46 AM   #6 
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If you do get riccia to grow (I let mine float under my T5 High Output lights and it thrives) it needs regular trimming as the bottom dies from a lack of light and the whole thing generally breaks loose from whatever you have tied it to.

Moss carpets look great and java moss is essentially indestructible.

The trouble with a lot of other carpeting plants is they at least require a nutrient rich substrate, high light and usually even CO2 to really spread. Otherwise they will either grow extremely slowly, or melt away completely.
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Old 05-10-2012, 09:27 AM   #7 
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Thanks a lot for the advice everyone, would any moss be okay? I have not been dosing, but my substrate is iron slag and my italian vals seem to like it a lot (i'm going to have start giving away new runners soon lol).
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Java moss will certainly be fine in that - it doesn't use nutrients from the substrate so that won't affect it. :)
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