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01-11-2015, 12:00 AM
Hi! I just got a 75 and wanted to make it a planted tank. I have Seachem Flourite as my substrate as well as LEDs that are approximately 4000 lm in brightness. My canister filter does 525 gallons per hour. My question is, what carpeting plants can I keep in this tank, and what else do I need to help them stay healthy?

01-11-2015, 01:56 AM
Baby tears and dwarf hairgrass come to mind, keep in mind carpet plants usually require moderate to high light. Co2 may or may not be required depending on the par of your light.

01-11-2015, 02:00 AM
Carpeting plants are difficult. I think because naturally they don't do what we want them to do. Since they stay very low in the tank you will want very powerful lights. I do not know what 4000lm lights are concerning their output in tank. Most go by watts or the PAR rating. From my calculations that is about 70 watts. I really feel like to grow effective ground covers you need double that. Also you will need some way to run CO2 in the tank. Granted I've never tried to carpet and others on here might have a better idea on how to go about doing what you want.

01-23-2015, 04:45 AM
Oops, miscalculated, my LEDs are actually around 350 watts after I added a few more. Is that too bright?

01-23-2015, 04:47 AM
one strip was actually 108 watts and the other new one is about 240

01-23-2015, 05:16 AM
Hairgrass will grow with most light setups in fluorite. (The stuff is plant heaven) Because you are using florite you will be able to grow many many more carpeting plants. Go for 10 or 11 hours of light a day. Consider Seachem Excel as organic carbon that does not effect your pH. The addition of iron will help greatly.

01-23-2015, 05:52 AM
Thanks I do like how hairgrass looks