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Plant Spacing Advice Please

Discussion in 'General Plant Topics' started by bardus71, Jul 10, 2011.

  1. bardus71

    bardus71 Junior Poster

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    Hi to the international aquarium enthusiasts & also to fellow AL members from Australia.

    I am about to plant out my first scape with stems & groundcovers in a 4' low tech tank.

    It will have gravel capped soil/potting mix, no ferts or CO2, and ~2WPG lighting on for 14hrs/day.

    I have no references for how far apart to space my plants & groundcovers so they dont overcrowd once they grow in. Any advice or pointers to where I can get more info is welcome.

    Groundcovers: Marsilea hirsuita, Stauryone tropica, Lilaeopsis spp, Dwarf grasshair

    Stems: Ludwigia repens & scarlet ludwigia, Hygro polysperma & sunset hygro, lace fern, millifoil, ambulia, blood stargrass, Pogo stellatus, Val spp

    Also: Crypt wendtii

    Thanks,
    Bardus.
     
  2. dutchy

    dutchy Plant Guru Team
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    Hi and welcome to the Barrreport,

    As a general rule I use in the density of planting stems is that the leaves of one stem are allowed to barely touch the next plant. But then again, I like dense plantgroups. Also density is dependent of the amount of light you use. More light makes more density possible. If lower leaves fall off to soon, and it's not a nutrient deficiency, you might be overcrowding.

    Ground cover can be planted in small groups or single plants with 1 to 2 inch spacing. The plant will do the rest.

    You might find this resource useful:
    http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/forumapc/plantfinder/
     
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  3. Crispino Ramos

    Crispino Ramos Guru Class Expert

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    Most Rotala sp like R rotundifolia can be planted in a bunch of say five stems or more. Hygrophila sp is preferably planted leaf tip to leaf tip apart.
     
  4. bardus71

    bardus71 Junior Poster

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    Thats awesome advice so far, thank you. Does the leaf tip rule applt to things like lace fern & ambulia/milifoil type plants as well?
     
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