HC Alternative??

Discussion in 'Plant Help' started by chrisjj, 17 Mar 2010.

  1. chrisjj

    chrisjj Newly Registered

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    I have currently reduced the lighting levels in my tank in an attempt to combat some algae. It was aprrox 3wpg, & is now 1.5wpg. (2 x 24w t5, now 1 x 24w t5)

    I have some vallis, anubias nana, java moss, some grass looking stuff + a few others, which hopefully will be fine.

    I also have hc - it is OK at the moment, but I'm quite liking the reduced light look (surprisingly), so suspect that the hc will start to struggle soon.

    I very much like the look and carpet effect of hc as a foreground plant - can anyone suggest any alternatives which are similar but will be fine in lower light levels.

    (I'm thinking of replacing the removed t5 tube with a blue one soon? - this will increase the levels, but should be less that before?)
     
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    Thanks George for this looks like I found some new plant for my new scape
    any chance to attach this plant to rock or wood??
    is any hard to keep plant??
     
  4. George Farmer

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    I've not seen Marsilea attached to decor, so suspect it's difficult to achieve.

    I've never grown it but I don't think it is hard to keep.
     
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    Never seen it on sale, know where you can buy this?
     
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    Thanks, I will grab a few pots of that when I visit on the 3rd :) not having much luck with the HC and glosso! lol
     
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    This is what I have in my nano, and I don't seem to be getting on with it, the growth is sporadic to say the least - I thought it was me :oops: :lol:
     
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    Had the same issues, and you will get one leave when under water anyway ;)
     
  13. Jase

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    I might change it for Hirsuta then :lol: Funny you say that, I have mostly single leaves but three stems have 4 leaves after cutting it all back to the substrate...
     
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    this topic is rather interesting, when you said 'sporadic' growth what did you mean? from what i know sporadic means occuring singly or wide apart? is this correct?

    so marsilea crenata is not a very good carpeting plant? i have 3 pots of this waiting to be planted. i chose it over marsilea hirsuta because of the price differnce in aquafluer and tropica, should i have gone for marsilea hirsuta instead?
     
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    Yep, this is what is is like, It's spreading but fairly far apart so it hasn't formed a carpet, though I'm sure it will once it gets going...
     
  16. chrisjj

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    I found some utricularia graminifolia in the lfs, so I'll give that a try & let you know how I get on. £5.95 - I thought that was a decent price!?

    Cheers
     
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    Separated it out & planted - 2 larger clumps & some small ones. About 2 weeks ago

    Small clumps have been up rooted due to MTS :twisted:

    2 larger clumps still rooted, but seem to be struggling a bit. Hopefully they are still trying to get established & will start to grow soon?
     
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    UG is classed as 'hard' by Tropica and rightly so, it seems many people struggle with it. Tried it myself and got nowhere :)
     
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    In the end I didn't like the look of it and I have now opted to carpet my Rio with Staurogyne sp. instead!
     
  20. chrisjj

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    Well, the UG wasn't successful :( .
    I guess it was a combination of the relatively low light levels & pescky MTS :?:
    I've got some grass like stuff which seems to be doing well so I'll stick with that for now.
     

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