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Re: Good carpet plant
>Date: Fri, 23 Jan 1998 18:19:17 -0500
>From: krandall at world_std.com
>Subject: Good "carpet" plant
>>Hello, I'm in the process of buying plants for my tank, and I would really
>>like some type of plant that I can use to kind of "carpet" the floor. I
>>really like that look and I see it a lot in Aquatic Plant books. I am
>>not familiar with a lot of plants yet, but I have thought of possibly
>>trying Pygmy Chain Swordplant or some type of small Anubias? I don't know
>>exactly... I need something that will propagate over the tank but remain
>>low to the ground. Any suggestions?
>Both of the above work well. Lillaeopsis is good too, if you have a fair
>amount of light. Amano uses both Glossostigma and Riccia in his tanks, but
>both need a lot of light, and Riccia requires a fair amount of work as
>well. For lower light tanks, small Cryptocorynes work well, but require
>some patience while they're growing in. Java Moss can be tied to stones
>and used as an almost "instant" ground cover, but must be trimmed
>frequently to maintain this look.
I had a bad experience with Lillaeopsis & Java Moss in the same aquarium.
I used Lillaeopsis to create a carpet of "grass" along the front of my
90 gallon tank. A little Java Moss got settled in between the grass and
grew like wildfire! The front part of the tank looked like grass with a massive
attack of string algae. I ended up pulling up all the Lillaeopsis, remove what
Java Moss I could and replanted. I've been on a Java Moss hunt and destroy mission
ever since. Anyone else have this problem?
Ron Wozniak Allentown PA, USA
rjwozniak at lucent_com