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Old 06-03-2011, 05:59 PM   #1
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Foreground plant question

Hi all,
I think I created a little situation for myself. I have a newly cycled tank and am now wanting to add plants. My question is what foreground plants I can grow with my setup. I have a 72 gallon bowfront with a 3/54w 65kK fixture and pressurized CO2. I think I have a problem with the tank being a bow front and a depth of almost 24" with 2.5 watts per gallon. I have a Java Fern towards the front which is doing well and another plant I have yet to identify. I think baby tears are out of the question but what about other foreground plants? How about 4 leaf clover or others? The 3 bulb is all I could afford at the time, do I need to by a one bulb fixture?
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Baby tears aren't out of the question, but dwarf baby tears are IMO. Marselia Minuta is also an option, it'll do well in low or high light.
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I thought that there was only dwarf baby tears, glad to hear I have a couple of options. I was thinking that I might have to buy a one bulb fixture.
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Yeah, baby tears are Hemianthus micranthemoides (HM), while dwarf baby are Hemianthus callitrichoides (HC).

FWIW, this is baby tears that I grew in a 10g with a 15w fluorescent fixture (algae and all):
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See, that's really pretty, I would love my tank to have a carpeting like that. Going to the lfs to by plants and I'm going to try a pot of the baby tears
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Old 06-03-2011, 06:33 PM   #6
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I also really like the Marselia Minuta too! Now I have more to look for tomorrow. Thanks mfdrook!
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