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RE: Carpet Plants for Medium Light Tanks
- To: <Aquatic-Plants at actwin_com>
- Subject: RE: Carpet Plants for Medium Light Tanks
- From: "Lee Boon Chuan" <lee.bc at ellipsiz_com>
- Date: Wed, 20 Nov 2002 12:32:21 +0800
- Thread-index: AcKQTglrpE7V4vxjEda6dgCw0C3HFQ==
- Thread-topic: RE: Carpet Plants for Medium Light Tanks
"Do you have any pictures of it in your tank? It sounds very beautiful. How tall
does it get in your tank?"
I do not have any pictures of my tank. Another Singapore, Jacian, has won 1st price
in the 2001 AGA contest with elatine as a foreground carpet.
There is a close up picture in a Singapore based forum.
The Elatine will hug the ground if it is able to receive direct light (about 2W/gal
in my tank) and is not obstructed. If the plant runs into an obstacle such as the
tank wall, it will start growing upwards. The carpet can growth pretty thick up to
1" or more. I have also deliberately tried planting it such that it grows upward and
it reach a height of almost 6".
There were some shortcomings I discovered on this plant though. It does not respond
well to frequent or servere trimming. It tends to melt away. It also form a carpet
so thick that the lower leaves get smothered by not receiving enough light.