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PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2011 11:55 pm Post subject: Low light carpet plants Reply with quote

 Hi  Guys,
 I  am  in  process  of  setting  up  a  nano,  need  suggestion  on  low  light  carpet  plants.  Soil  will  be  Ada  Amazonia  2,  lightning  will  be  9  watt,  co2  wont  be  able  to  keep.
 What  about  Marselia  Hisuta?  Any  one  having  experience  with  it?  Please  suggest  what  I  should  go  with?
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 Go  for  staurogyne  sp.
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 hirsuta  is  a  good  plant  but  will  take  sometime  to  adjust,  u  can  also  use  e.parvula,  e.tennelus,
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 I  doubt  if  anything  will  carpet  without  good  light  or  any  CO2.  Even  if  it  does,  it'll  be  painfully  slow,  leggy  growth.
 
 I  dont  mean  to  discourage  you,  but  if  you  want  to  give  it  a  try,  why  not  some  full-fledged  effort?
 
 Give  it  moderate  lighting,  add  a  bottle  of  yeast  solution.  Or  other  options  like  seachem  excel  can  work  out  well  for  a  small  tank.
 
 Marsilea  Hirsuta  -  Takes  time  to  settle  initially,  especially  when  it  was  emersed  grown  prior  to  this.  
 lileopsis  brasilensis  -  Needs  some  form  of  carbon  essentially,  you  need  to  plant  dense  from  day  one  as  this  is  the  slowest  of  all  carpet(even  in  pressurized  co2  tanks)
 saggittaria  subulata  -  Can  carpet  in  most  conditions  with  rich  substrate,  but  grows  very  tall  for  nanos
 echinodorus  quadricostatus  -Very  fast  growing,  undemanding  plant,  but  again  not  for  nanos,  it  gets  nice  grasslike  thin  leaves  under  good  lighting.
 larger  varieties  of  tenellus  -There  are  atleast  3  plants  that  sell  under  the  name  echinodorus  tenellus(or  pygmy  chain  sword).  One  variety  grows  nice  pickish/  red  tips  and  this  does  well  in  atleast  CO2  injected  tanks.  Other  large  green  varieties  can  be  grown  in  very  low-tech  conditions  like  s.subulata.
 
 christmas  moss  -  This  will  be  the  best  option  of  all,  very  undemanding.  All  you  need  is  a  patience  at  initial  setup,  cool  water(till  29ºC  will  do  fine),  clean  water.  Mosses  tend  to  accumulate  dust  and  detruitus,  so  regular  siphoning  is  essential.  It  grows  thick  and  fast  than  java  moss,so  fills  the  gaps  sooner,  so  its  a  better  choice  than  java.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2011 8:56 am Post subject: Re: Low light carpet plants Reply with quote

 Saggitaria  subulata:  Not  grows  more  than  2  inch  in  low  light  conditions.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2011 10:57 am Post subject: Re: Low light carpet plants Reply with quote

 Thanks  Prashanta,  Mudassir  and  Rajeev  Ji  Smile  will  study  about  the  suggestions  you  have  given  
 
 Hi  Hamza,  thanks  for  the  detailed  explanation  about  all  the  plants.  Yes  even  I  want  to  make  it  a  full  fledged  effort  one,  but  there  are  some  concerns.  I  can  use  co2  in  the  form  of  diy,  seachem  excel,  but  my  only  concern  is  as  it  would  be  a  shrimp  only  tank.  Seetharam  also  suggested  about  seachem  excel  but  in  correct  dose.  
 Lightning  will  be  using  9  watt  Led  and  also  the  temperature  I  will  be  maintaining  for  the  tank  will  be  around  25c.  
 So  my  only  concern  is  co2  dosing.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2011 11:02 am Post subject: Re: Low light carpet plants Reply with quote

 I  agree  with  Hamza  about  "Christmas  moss"  ..........
 
 But  "lileopsis  brasilensi"  ....I  just  planted  one  one  pot  of  this  plant  in  front  of  the  tank  righthand  side...1st  15-20  days  they  are  same  as  I  planted   but  after  that  it  strat  raising  like  crazy....within  2.5  months  it  covers  more  or  less  all  side  of  my  tank........Well  I  have  Highlight  &  pressurized  co2  .....
 
 Is  it  a  exception  !!
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2011 12:27 pm Post subject: Re: Low light carpet plants Reply with quote

                                                   
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 So  my  only  concern  is  co2  dosing.                

 You  can  use  your  pressurized  CO2  (with  solenoid)  with  a  low  bps…I  think  that  wouldn’t  be  a  problem.
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 Pressurise  I  doubt  Prashanta  and  also  why  I  am  sceptical  about  using  co2  is  that  its  a  small  tank  and  little  here  and  there  will  make  the  water  go  for  a  toss.
 What  you  feel?
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2011 1:42 pm Post subject: Re: Low light carpet plants Reply with quote

 I  have  seen  people  keeping  CRS  in  nano  with  pressurized  CO2.
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Hi  Guys,
 I  am  in  process  of  setting  up  a  nano,  need  suggestion  on  low  light  carpet  plants.  Soil  will  be  Ada  Amazonia  2,  lightning  will  be  9  watt,  co2  wont  be  able  to  keep.
 What  about  Marselia  Hisuta?  Any  one  having  experience  with  it?  Please  suggest  what  I  should  go  with?                

 
 Abhishek
 how  big/small  is  the  tank?  I  had  Marselia  in  a  tank  with  Excel.  I  stopped  excel  about  a  month  back  and  the  growth  has  thinned  down  but  is  still  acceptable  when  you  view  it  from  a  distance.  If  your  tank  is  small  excel  is  a  very  viable  option
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 If  you  need  a  healthy  and  fast  carpet,  then  CO2  is  must.  Excel/Glut  is  much  more  risky  than  Co2  in  small  tanks  specially  when  you  have  inverts.  
 
 Go  for  Pressurized  CO2  setup  with  high  precision  needle  valve  and  Solinoid.  Nothing  will  go  wrong.  And  you  have  multiple  planted  tank.  So  P  Co2  is  a  worth  investment.
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 Hi  Unni,  my  setup  will  be  1  cubic  feet  which  holds  approx  7+  gallons  of  water.  Excel  not  sure  cause  never  used  it.
 
 Tirth  da,  I  had  pressurised  co2  setup  but  sold  it  earlier  cause  of  converted  my  planted  tank  for  the  crs  Sad.  This  nano  will  hold  some  heteropoda  now  and  after  some  time  will  house  some  higher  grade  crs.  So  about  pressurised  co2  will  the  soda  maker  work?
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So  about  pressurised  co2  will  the  soda  maker  work?                

 
 100%  will  work.  You  will  make  your  shrimps  journey  to  heaven  real  smooth.   Knock
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So  about  pressurised  co2  will  the  soda  maker  work?                

 
 100%  will  work.  You  will  make  your  shrimps  journey  to  heaven  real  smooth.   Knock                

 
 Ha  ha  ha  Tirtha  da,  now  certainly  wont  use  it   Clapping
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