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Echinodorus tenellus for a 10g tank.

Discussion in 'Trades, swaps, sales' started by barbarossa4122, Oct 18, 2010.

  1. barbarossa4122

    barbarossa4122 Guru Class Expert

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    Hi,

    I am looking to buy Echinodorus tenellus for a 10g tank. I have no idea how much I need to do a carpet.
     
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    Mmmmm,
    I have no real experience with Pygmy chain sword except when it died in my tank before I started using CO2. This one will need CO2, grows relatively fast and spreads by runners. Best to plant them with some space between each plant (3-4 inches). Another important point is to plant them a half inch to an inch away from the glass, runners reach the glass pretty quickly. One every four inches in a tank that's 24 by 12, add a few for good luck = two dozen.
     
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    Thanks for the advice Tug. I just bought a few from The Planted Tank S&S. Let's see if Excel dosing will be enough.
     
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    Hi,

    Echinodorus tenellus, which, unfortunately, is being renamed to Helanthium tenellum, grows like the weed it is with reasonable light and a rich substrate.

    Its height is very dependent on the conditions in which is is grown. I have it in most of my tanks, and it's height ranges from an inch or two to about 10 inches. If you want to use it as a carpet, be sure it isn't crowded and has enough light or it will become a background plant.

    Its runners also have to be pruned because under good conditions it will spread rapidly to places where you don't want it.

    Bill
     
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    Hi,

    Thanks for the info. I have Eco Complete substrate and can provide plenty of Osmocote Plus root tabs. Light is 2 18w T8 fixtures with poor reflectors and according to some chart I saw this will give me medium light for my 10g tank but, I do not have any co2 except for Excel dosing. I'll give it a try anyway. Lol, wife is obsessed with having a carpet/lawn in the tank.
     
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    It is a bit high for a carpet I think. It grows 5 inch tall easy. Further don't keep it to dense becouse it stops the flow go trough it and then it get algae.
    Beside that it grows like weed in a CO2 thank never tried it on a non CO2 tank. But my guess is it does grows very well on exel.
     
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    Thanks. I'll show this post to my wife since it's her tank.:rolleyes:
     
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    If you are still considering plants, this might be an option.
    http://www.tropica.com/advising/plant-articles/pogostemon-helferi-.aspx
     
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    The helferi is indeed a good alternative. I have both en the helferi looks great but I am not sure about the tenellus, it grows fine but the look does not fit my scape. Maybe I dump it.
    I hear a lot of people complain about the helferi. It dies on them or have very little grow. But when you give it enough nutrients it grows very easy en fast enough.
     
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