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Aquarium Lawn And Plants For Bogwood/rocks

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  • #300863

    Daddyfish
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    Hi Guys,

    I’m eventually having a few shrimp in my tank and wanted to make a lawn for them. What is the best plant to use for this?

    I’m also looking for a few alternatives to Java Fern which I already have in my tank. I don’t want to bury my plants, so I’m looking for plants that attach themselves and are reasonably easy to care for.

    Thanks in advance!

    #319008

    Bully
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    A planted lawn will be difficult, as unless I’m mistaken you are restricted by Reef One’s substrate?

    However, you could use Java Moss to create a lawn effect, it will grow in low light and shouldn’t be planted. You could also try Monosolenium tenerum which is an attractive liverwort, and the same applies, it shouldn’t be planted. The shrimp will happily graze amongst either of my suggestions, I’m not entirely sure how you will manage for maintenance though, as it might be difficult to deep vacuum your substrate with any kind of planting.

    #319009

    Bully
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    Not sure how I forgot this one but, I’ve had success growing Pogostemon helferi attached to rock (so would work on bogwood). However, that plant has a higher demand for light and nutrients than the previous two. It does look much better that the Tropica pictures shows too

    #319010

    Daddyfish
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    QUOTE (Bully @ Sep 27 2010, 12:02 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
    A planted lawn will be difficult, as unless I’m mistaken you are restricted by Reef One’s substrate?


    Hi Bully,

    I didn’t mean I wanted a planted lawn, but one similar to a java moss lawn as mentioned, but with a different type of moss/plant. As for maintenance, it will be on plastic netting and therefore can be lifted to vacuum under. /thumbs_up.gif” style=”vertical-align:middle” emoid=”:thumbsup:” border=”0″ alt=”thumbs_up.gif” />

    #319042

    Bluedave
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    Planted lawns are always difficult – most of the plants that make a good lawn are high light, add CO2 types to do well.

    Glossostigma elatanoides
    Echinodorus Tennellus
    Riccia Fluitans
    hemianthus callitrichoides
    utricularia graminofolia
    eleocharis parvula (dwarf species – can’t remember which right now)

    All make great lawns BUT all require loads of light to avoid going leggy.

    Anubias (various species from barteri var nana which is small to var barteri or cordefolia which get big) are great to tie to rocks and wood. Various mosses work well on wood as well.

    #319975

    Jarcave
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    Agree with what has been written above. However as an alternative to java moss you could always try christmas moss Vesicularia montagnei. It’s very similar to java moss but grows faster and has a more formal shape. Therefore (In my humble opinion of course) looks better. It does need a little bit more light than regular java, but not too much. I’ve had it grow in tanks with a bout 1.5 to 2 watts per gallon.

    #320075

    Matt
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    Christmas Moss is one of the few aquarium plants I can get in Spain. Does it have any particular water chemistry requirements?

    #320119

    Bluedave
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    It’ll grow in pretty much anything Matt.

    Slightly acidic soft, water is generally better for it, doesn’t like it too hard or alkaline in my experience. Will grow in a range of temperatures and light. Slow grower unless you’ve got tons of light and CO2, then it seems to grow quite quickly (for a moss….lol)

    #320157

    Matt
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    That’s me b*ggered then – the water is really hard and alkaline here.

    #320525

    Jarcave
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    Dave, I’ve found that xmas grows quicker than java. Have you found otherwise?

    Matt – Are you referring to plants in general? Or mosses specifically?

    #320528

    Matt
    Keymaster

    Anything that doesn’t need a lot of light and will grow in hard water Jared.

    #320529

    Bully
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    Vallisnera likes hard water, my water’s so soft I cannot grow any Vallisnera, it just melts away.

    #320530

    Jarcave
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    QUOTE (Matt @ Jan 11 2011, 12:26 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
    Anything that doesn’t need a lot of light and will grow in hard water Jared.

    Crinum species such as thaianum, natans and calumistratum do OK in hard water and tolerate average light levels.

    As has been said, so does Vallis, but some species do need reasonable levels of light. How many watts per gallon do you have?

    And how hard is hard?

    #320553

    Matt
    Keymaster

    It comes out of the tap in excess of 20° gH.

    #320560

    Bully
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    That’s not water, that’s liquid chalk

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