Carpeting Plants In Low Tech 40b?

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Alright, last post regarding my 40B, I swear! I'm planning on setting up a fairly low tech 40 breeder, hopefully a finnex planted+ light, good filtration, dosing with excel and maybe trying to get into dosing other nutrients?, as well as possibly some form of planted tank substrate.

I'm coming from a 60 gallon planted tank that I don't dose, and that only has pool filter sand (I use root tabs), but in reality even with the finnex planted+ on there, no amount of light coming through 2 feet of water seems to be enough for these finicky carpeting plants. So, now that I'm only working with 17 inches of depth, really about 15 after substrate, what can I do? Is dwarf hair grass an option? Dwarf baby tears? I think dwarf sag might be a bit tall as a carpet for a 40B, but what about crypt parva?
 

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Possibly monte carlo too. Would definitely not recommend dwarf baby tears, those will die without CO2. In my experience carpeting plants require more light, CO2, and nutrients during the spreading/growing period. Afterwards, they can live in lower light (I have some monte carlo in shade) but do not grow as much, if at all, in low light.
 
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-Mak- said:
Possibly monte carlo too. Would definitely not recommend dwarf baby tears, those will die without CO2. In my experience carpeting plants require more light, CO2, and nutrients during the spreading/growing period. Afterwards, they can live in lower light (I have some monte carlo in shade) but do not grow as much, if at all, in low light.
Yeah, I figured I was pushing it with dwarf baby tears, I'm def not going with co2, but I figured maybe the higher light it would be getting along with the good substrate might help it along.
 

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Just read up about it first on the Internet. A few sources say co2 is necessary and nutrient rich soil.
 

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Pearlweed is different from dwarf baby tears, which is the one that needs soil and CO2. Pearlweed grows like a stem plant, really fast, but doesn't carpet on its own. You'd have to keep trimming and replanting. It gets very tall too.
 
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