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Re: carpet plants
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Date: Thu, 22 Jan 1998 13:33:57 -0800 (PST)
From: Roxanne Bittman <rbittman at spock_dfg.ca.gov>
To: aquatic-plants at actwin_com
Subject: carpet plants
Ahhh, carpet plants, some of my favorite things.
My personal favorite due to looks, not ease of growing, is Glossostigma sp. I
know it is available from the Aquatic Greenhouse, and maybe elsewhere. It has
some specific requirements including very high CO2 and a rich, deep substrate
and possibly an acidic pH.
I am currently growing Marsilea sp (cuneata?) for the first time, so I can't
make recommendations on its behalf yet, though its seems to be propagating
rapidly so far. It looks a little like Glossostigma and is very cute and low
For a grassier look, try Echinodorus tenellus or Eleocharis acicularis. The
latter has very fine leaves; both propagate across the tank rapidly; they both
need thinning or at least controlling unless you want them all over.
I have been told that you can turn Micranthemum micranthemoides into a carpet,
but I prefer to grow this as more of a "bush."
Hope this helps.