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What do you think is the best foreground carpet plant and why?

Discussion in 'General Plant Topics' started by shane, Dec 13, 2010.

  1. shane

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    What carpet type plant for the foreground is your favorite and why?
     
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    Starogyne and drawf hair grass belem, both are easy to grow and easy to care for over the long term and people will buy all the cuttings tyou have.
    They also both root very well and are non weedy unlike HC and many others.

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    Hi Tom, isn't the Staurogyne quite tall to serve as a carpet/foreground plant (looking at pictures I found on Google)? Or is there a dwarf version?
    The dwarf hairgrass is indeed nice, I've always liked it. :)
     
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    i will post a pic later tomorrow evening with my current plant layout, you see that the stauro is a perfect carpet plant.
     
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    I see a lot of staurogyne repens and HC cuba carpet and they are very attractive together. The HC is demanding but beautiful.

    I have been very happy with Cryptocoryne parva, as a carpet/foreground. It is easy to grow but might be too tall as a foreground cover for some.
     
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    I liked the stauro 049 but think it can be a bit weedy :) Very attractive and easy to care for.

    I also liked HC once it settles in.

    I am working now with c.parva and anubias petite and minima. So will let you know.
     
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    I've got a love hate relationship with Glosso, love the way a full carpet looks but hate to mantain it. Apart from that I also really enjoy some groups of Staurogyne repens or some Blyxa Japonica here and there.

    Used to have HC but it's a bit of a pest and you really need a weed whacker to prune it.

    I have yet to use it, but Elatine hydropiper seems to be a very interesting low carpeting plant.
     
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    I have stauro 049 right now. I purchased it from Tom. It grows well and is not difficult to trim and replant the clippings. I had glosso for awhile but, it gets out of control rather quickly(fast growing) and for me, it was difficult to trim. Cuba is nice but slow growing. If you get algae growing in it, it is difficult to remove and since it is slow growing, it's hard to recover from the algae removal.
     
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    I have grown glosso. Looks nice but can be a bit of work to prune.

    Anybody have any comments on UG?

    I would love to see a pic of the stauro in somebody's tank.
     
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    Thanks for the link, looks like a nice plant, shrimp heaven! ;) I really like the colour too.
     
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