Carpet Plant Suggestions

Zorro A. Knievel Esq.

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I'm looking for some carpet plant suggestions, preferably Southeast Asian in origin to keep to my "theme", for my 10 gallon Betta tank.

It's "low tech" and I've had it running for a couple months now with decent succes, I'm using Fluval Shrimp and Plant Stratum, an Aqueon Economy Hood with ZooMed full spectrum daylight bulbs (I think 13 watts a piece), and I dose NilocG ThriveC and Excel twice a week.

I'm about to go out for a little bit to see what my LFSs have for plants. I'm currently growing some Christmas Moss on driftwood, Java Fern Windelov (which has some brown leafs?), and some unidentified Crypts with slow but good success. Hoping someone might have some suggestions for a good low tech carpet/foreground plant?
 

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I'm looking for some carpet plant suggestions, preferably Southeast Asian in origin to keep to my "theme", for my 10 gallon Betta tank.

It's "low tech" and I've had it running for a couple months now with decent succes, I'm using Fluval Shrimp and Plant Stratum, an Aqueon Economy Hood with ZooMed full spectrum daylight bulbs (I think 13 watts a piece), and I dose NilocG ThriveC and Excel twice a week.

I'm about to go out for a little bit to see what my LFSs have for plants. I'm currently growing some Christmas Moss on driftwood, Java Fern Windelov (which has some brown leafs?), and some unidentified Crypts with slow but good success. Hoping someone might have some suggestions for a good low tech carpet/foreground plant?
Hi @Zorro A. Knievel Esq.,

How about Hydrocotyle tripartita? Here is a thread that might help!

Hydrocotyle tripartita; SE Asia, low tech, low to moderate light, CO2 not required
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Thanks for the response SeattleRoy, I actually just got back from my LFSs. I could only find Dwarf Baby Tears, Hairgrass, and Bucephalandra Sp. "Ghost Brownie?". I did a little more researched and just ordered 2 cultures of Marsilea Crenata.

It seems to be easy low maintanence. Do you have any experience?
 

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Thanks for the response SeattleRoy, I actually just got back from my LFSs. I could only find Dwarf Baby Tears, Hairgrass, and Bucephalandra Sp. "Ghost Brownie?". I did a little more researched and just ordered 2 cultures of Marsilea Crenata.

It seems to be easy low maintanence. Do you have any experience?
M. crenata usually ships emersed and looks like 4-leaf clover. Submersed growth is single, lobe shaped leaves. Grows quite slow even with higher light. It grows from runners and is not a stem plant like many other carpets, so any portion trimmed will not grow back (source: grew it in a 3 gallon betta tank). Think of it like hydrocotyle/pennywort in that you can propagate the runners but you can't trim and replant individual "stems". It basically looks like low-tech glossostigma.

It's pretty hardy and tolerant of lower lighting, but will grow very slow in those conditions.

If you're really patient you can always try to get a cryptocoryne parva carpet...
 

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I actually almost bought some Parva, Fahn. After not having a planted tank for over 10 years, I'm being as patient as possible, it's nice not having an insane fert/maintenance routine like I did at one time. So much has changed, T5HO was king, WPG was still the standard rule and big 4 pin CFLS were new.
 




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