Low Tech Monte Carlo Carpet

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We are growing this carpet not once... but actually twice! Previously I had let the carpet get wildly overgrown, so I decided it was time to partly re-scape the tank and redo the carpet.
Keep in mind, I got this rimless tank as a cheap kit from PetSmart. It was on sale at $40 and came with a light and filter. The light is actually extremely good for the price of the tank :hilarious:
All this tank gets is 6 hours of light, Thrive C, and has Thrive root tabs.

Previous Carpet:
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New Carpet Coming In:
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This is after about 2 months of growth, but things are on a good track! Any questions, feel free to ask!
 

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wow thats really nice. how long did it take yourMC to do anything? i have some in the front and i dont know if its growing super slow or dying. because i see a bunch of pale leaves, ive had no luck with dwarf hairgrass, dwarf baby tears, and now trying this

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im using potting soil with a sand cap substrate
 
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Nickguy5467 said:
wow thats really nice. how long did it take yourMC to do anything? i have some in the front and i dont know if its growing super slow or dying. because i see a bunch of pale leaves, ive had no luck with dwarf hairgrass, dwarf baby tears, and now trying this

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im using potting soil with a sand cap substrate
My Monte Carlo started growing almost immediately. Started off with dying off/brown leaves and now is spreading to form a carpet.
Do you have any root tabs under those? If not, it is my belief that Monte Carlo needs it in order to grow in a low tech tank. I would also suggest spreading out those clumps a bit more to form smaller patches :)
 

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VeiltailKing said:
My Monte Carlo started growing almost immediately. Started off with dying off/brown leaves and now is spreading to form a carpet.
Do you have any root tabs under those? If not, it is my belief that Monte Carlo needs it in order to grow in a low tech tank. I would also suggest spreading out those clumps a bit more to form smaller patches :)
i have potting soild under the sand. so i dont think i need any root tabs for now. but i guess it cant hurt. at the very least they would re supplement the soil i think.

i run co2 still trying to find the right amount to use with a drop checker. some nicolg ferts 3 times a week and then theres the soil substrate. thats what i have going on atm. ive had the mc in there for a while and its still mostly green so i assume it must be doing something .

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Nickguy5467 said:
i have potting soild under the sand. so i dont think i need any root tabs for now. but i guess it cant hurt. at the very least they would re supplement the soil i think.

i run co2 still trying to find the right amount to use with a drop checker. some nicolg ferts 3 times a week and then theres the soil substrate. thats what i have going on atm. ive had the mc in there for a while and its still mostly green so i assume it must be doing something .

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I don’t have experience with CO2 so I can’t speak on that. I’ve only ever grown my MC low tech. My other high light tank won’t grow MC at all.
 

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VeiltailKing said:
I don’t have experience with CO2 so I can’t speak on that. I’ve only ever grown my MC low tech. My other high light tank won’t grow MC at all.
well kinda good to know. as i always thought mc needed co2 and thats why i was failing. well thats good to know. except now i know im doing something else wrong lol

what do you mean other high light? what light do you use?
 
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Nickguy5467 said:
well kinda good to know. as i always thought mc needed co2 and thats why i was failing. well thats good to know. except now i know im doing something else wrong lol

what do you mean other high light? what light do you use?
My other tank, 10g, has a Finnex Planted+ light on it and cannot grow Monte Carlo at all. But all the other plants in it thrive. It may just be a picky plant.
 

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My other tank, 10g, has a Finnex Planted+ light on it and cannot grow Monte Carlo at all. But all the other plants in it thrive. It may just be a picky plant.
maybe thats my problem? because thats the light im using lol. but i dont use the 24/7 mode i set it to sunny mode with a timer
 
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Update picture time!! All is well :)
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Looks cool... Always wanted to grow a carpet but keep on failing terribly at it. All because of my Tetras... They keep pulling the plants out of soil. What fish do you have in there?
 
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vinay021 said:
Looks cool... Always wanted to grow a carpet but keep on failing terribly at it. All because of my Tetras... They keep pulling the plants out of soil. What fish do you have in there?
I just have an old betta in there!! (Like, really old :hilarious:) I do have tetras of different sorts in my other tanks and I’ve noticed both schools tend to nip at the plants in search of food morsels.
 

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