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Old 04-15-2006, 07:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I am planting my 10g next week and since I can't get my hands on any HC, I was hoping you guys could give me good suggestions for a foreground plant that won't grow too high. The tank will have a good sized piece of wood covered with Annubias barteri v. nana. I really want to stay away from dwarf sag....
Tank has ADA powersand, tourmaline bc, and aquasoil amazonia. Will be dosing excel instead of a Co2 setup. Lighting is 2wpg...6500k bulb.

Can I do glosso...or will it suffer without more light and more advanced Co2?
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The glosso will grow upwards most likely, but you never know until you try.

Similar to dwarf sag, but less branchy is Blyxa japonica. That might do the trick.

Or etter yet you can do a foreground of Hemianthus micranthemoides (plant stems horizontally to get the to spread from left to right). This is similar to HC, and will grow thick like glosso too.

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Thanks for the suggestions, John!
I just got some Blyxa j. from Trenac the other day for my big tank and I just love it....but it's not the look I was hoping for in the nano.

I read Tropica's description of the Hemianthus micranthemoides and it sounds like a good choice...but after a quick look for a retail supplier...I didn't find any...is there maybe I common name that I could check for?
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Don't forget APC has a plantfinder too (top far left toolbar). https://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/f...finder/all.php

HM can be refered to as pearlweed and baby tears. Micranthemum umbrosum is very similar to HM so you might want to check it out too, or maybe dwarf hairgrass (Eleocharis acicularis)?

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Or maybe even Riccia? I'm looking through Amano's Nature books to give me ideas. Those seem to be common foregrounds. I'm thinking of a full riccia foreground for myself...hmm or maybe HM.

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Thanks John!
Yeah, I thought about riccia too...but was worried about my light and Co2. Do you think there is enough there to give it a try...or will it grow super slow in my conditions?

I was able to find HM but it was referred to as 'Amano pearl grass'. Go figure. Does the HM have to be trained to creep along the substrate or does it want to root there?
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Elatine triandra is a good one and grows real low even under 23w spiral screw-in CF. Grows faster than HM for me and has a nice lime green color.
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Oh I forgot that you have just about 2.0 wpg, riccia probably won't flourish under those conditions (it didn't for me, melted).

HM needs to be intially trained by placing the stem horizontally against the substrate. It'll form roots from the nodes and start spreading horizontally across the floor. It will shoot off stems that will need to be trimmed to get keep a clean look. But other than that it's really easy to grow and plant.

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