Moderate light carpeting plants

  1. Phishphin Well Known Member Member

    Just ordered my Finnex Ray II Daylight 7000k (36") and picked up 60 pounds of eco complete. :;hf

    I am looking for suggestions for some moderate light carpeting plants. I plan on growing the carpet emersed (not submerged, but emersed!) and I am open to suggestions as to types of plants. This will be a heavily planted 50 gallon bowfront, so this carpet is for the foreground to midground area. Depth of the tank is 21 inches, so I don't believe the PAR would be suitable for plants with high light demands.

    Open to suggestions (and your plants if you have enough!)
     
  2. MJDuti Well Known Member Member

    I've only heard good things about those Finnex lights. I can personally attest that eco-complete is awesome. I am not too familiar with growing plants emersed. Ask JetaJockey for help. However, my choice would be for the grasses (dwarf hairgrass esp), over any type of moss or the famous baby tears. Going to use ferts or CO2?
     

  3. Phishphin Well Known Member Member

    Ferts and DIY CO2. One day, there will be pictures... and they will be glorious.

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  4. cichlidman Well Known Member Member

    i have hair grass carpeting in a 29 gallon under the ray2 30 inch light .29's are 18 inches tall
     

  5. Phishphin Well Known Member Member

    Nice! Any pictures?

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  6. _Fried_Bettas_ Well Known Member Member

    My best luck with carpet in medium light is with marsilea quadrifolia (clover) or pygmy chain sword. The marsilea usually takes a little while to establish itself, but once it does it can really take off.
     
  7. Phishphin Well Known Member Member

    I've seen a lot of positive results of marsilea in other people's tanks. Very nice plant!

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  8. MJDuti Well Known Member Member

    what do you plan to put in it? Any bottom dwellers?
     
  9. Phishphin Well Known Member Member

    Actually, I'm avoiding bottom dwells, at least anything that will shuffle through the substrate, possibly dislodging smaller roots and runners. I haven't entirely decided on my stock yet. All I know is that I will have my flame DG move into it along with my existing 5 glowlight tetras (+15 more). Maybe 8 otos as well? I like smaller fish because I think they are interesting to watch in larger tanks and give the whole thing a different scope. I'm not so concerned with specific fish as I am with maintaining an interesting habitat.