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Need suggestion on carpet plant + C02 questions

Discussion in 'Are you new to aquatic plants? Start here' started by PunkRotten, Feb 19, 2011.

  1. PunkRotten

    PunkRotten Junior Poster

    Aug 1, 2010
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    So I got a 10 and 29 gallon planted tank. I wish to have a lawn in these tanks. Right now I have dwarf hairgrass in both tanks and I have been dosing excel. For months now it has not been growing well. It grows a little in the 10 gallon but not in the 29. So I was looking for an easier plant.

    Heres the stats on my tanks:

    10 gallon

    (2) Two GE 15 watt CFL bulbs (both 6500K), lights on a timer for 8 Hrs daily
    Eco complete substrate
    Daily excel dosing (2x recommended dose)
    Weekly fert dosing of potassium nitrate, mono potassium phosphate, and seachem equilibrium (which is a powder that contains iron, potassium, calcium, magnesium, manganese etc)

    Weekly water changes of 25-30%

    Plants: Dwarf hairgrass, rotala indica, dwarf sag, crypts, java fern, java moss on wood

    Fish: 5 neon tetras, 1 female betta, 3 ottos

    29 gallon

    Coralife dual T5NO bulbs (6500K, and colormax bulb), lights on a timer for 9 Hrs daily

    Eco complete substrate mixed with regular play sand
    Daily excel dosing (2x recommended dose)
    Same fert dosing schedule as 10 gallon tank, but higher amounts
    Same water change schedule as 10 gallon

    Plants: Dwarf hairgrass, rotala indica, crypts, java fern, java moss on wood, dwarf lily, wisteria

    Livestock: Few CPO's, and 4 ottos

    What would be a good carpet plant and could I do without C02? If I should add C02, what do you recommend? DIY or a cheap kit like around $40 or under?
  2. Matt F.

    Matt F. Lifetime Charter Member
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    May 30, 2009
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    hairgrass is about as easy as it gets when it comes to foreground least in my experience.
    That said, equilibrium isn't a micro suppliment per say. Sure it has some elements, but it's my understanding that equilibrium is mostly potassium sulfate (gh booster). You need micros, too.

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