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Old 05-19-2008, 07:32 PM   #1
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i am looking for a plant that is VERY small, reproduces fast enough and of course is natural.


by very small i mean up to 2-3 cm height


my plan is to completely cover my tank's gravel with this plant, while i create in the background a "wall" of climbing plants that can cover my equipment


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if any of you posses or can point a online shop that sells it, i am willing to pay the buck (unless it's exaggerate)
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Old 05-19-2008, 07:59 PM   #2
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What you're looking for is a carpet plant of some sort. Lighting is critical, as most carpet plants require quite a bit of lighting. I believe they also need to be "mowed" muck like a lawn, to keep them looking like a carpet. I have no idea what the plant types are, but I'm sure others will be able to point you in the right direction.
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i have a good solution for not having to "mow" them ...
when i get the plant i will test it and then let you all know how it went.

on another hand i wouldn't be bothered if all my graver would be covered with some small plant... something like a lawn
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You're best bet for that look is probably going to be HC (Hemianthus Callitrichoides) or Glosso. You'll need good light, carbon (CO2 or Flourish Excel), and good nutrients to get these growing happily and staying low to the substrate.
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Easiest plant to carpet the tank is Echinodorus tennelus - the dwarf chain sword plant. Given time, this little grass-like plant can carpet the largest of tanks. After settling in, each plant will send out runners with daughter plants on the nodes so in a matter of months five becomes 30, thirty, ninety, and so on. To keep it from spreading in unsuitable directions, trim the runner close to the 'mother' plant.
Need a fine, iron-rich substrate for it and a decent light level. Bright light colors the tips of the leaves rusty red. Grows great with or without Co2 injection.

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i have a good solution for not having to "mow" them ...
What? Aquatic micro-sheep?
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What? Aquatic micro-sheep?
Don't forget the aquatic micro-sheep dogs.
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Don't forget the aquatic micro-sheep dogs.
Well, I've heard of dogfish, so maybe there are sheepdogfish too.
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Ha, lol.

Another plant you could try is Riccia, I love that plant.
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Well, I've heard of dogfish, so maybe there are sheepdogfish too.
i was thinking more in the lines of a automatic aquatic Husqvarna something in the lines of http://www.usa.husqvarna.com/files/H...aw%20Flyer.pdf


but yesh ... dogfish and sheepfish ... never would have thought of it.
i guess i'll try it
will i also need a shepherd-fish ?
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