The reason I wanted a carpet plant was to provide some hiding places for shrimp. Do you think I could plant some hyrdocortyle around the base of my rocks and have it sprawl out? My tank is a 15 gallon so its lit but the lighting isn't very intense.What size of tank do you have? The lighting doesn't look too intense, depending on how deep your tank is, there might not be enough PAR to grow traditional carpeting plants like monte carlo or baby tears. A lot of them need pressurized co2 to flourish as well.
If the tank is small, a small scale plant like micro sword or tenellus might work. Dwarf hair grass really needs co2 to do well. In my large scale tanks, I use plants like dwarf sag and stargrass kept trimmed low. The latter is a stem plant and not normally used as a carpet plant, but it grows well without injected co2 and crawls along nicely. It's my favorite plant to use as a carpet. You could also mix them and do a section of two carpets
I'm actually in the UK so it's a 55L which is about the sameOk shrimp. Got it.
15 gallon. Got it.
Is it a 15 gallon high?
Or 2ft x 1ft x 1ft?
Here is the beginnings of my tankAnubias nana will grow, almost guaranteed, I have a nana carpet in my 5.5g. But it took 4 years to grow lol. Just saying, unless you are trying to stick to a particular biotope, you could tuck anubias in spots, or at the base of DW.
There's a lot of possibilities! What size is your tank and what style of scape do you like the best? Natural, simple, jungle, iwagumi, biotope?
~18" x 13"I'm actually in the UK so it's a 55L which is about the same
Its 46cm long by 34cm high so I think that would be a 15 gallon high?
Which plant species have you had that have done well in low light?For fun I took pics of my 15 gallon and 5.5g tanks for ideas. Lol, the 15 gallon doesn't have a carpet, it's Blackwater style, and my skittish gold tetras hide in java fern all the time if I don't sneak up. It doesn't even look like there's fish in the tank in the pic lol. These two are low light tanks.
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I used to have shrimp in the 5.5g
Yep. there is nothing in the vase but aquasoil. The light is a clip on desklamp with a 6500k LED 4 watt bulbHairgrass can be grown in walstad aquariums Marc Davis has (I think) hairgrass growing in one of his walstad aquariums, and it grows really well
Shrimp king is a soil based aquasoil, right? If so yes, an aquasoil will drastically improve your chancescan anyone please awnser my question about if hairgrass grows in shrimp king substrate? sorry if I sound demanding but I an eager to find out