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    I'm getting ready to move and can finally look into setting up my 35 gallon aquarium! I got it for a steal a couple months back, but knowing I was going to be moving soon, prudence dictated that I wait to set up the tank. Well, the time has come. I'll be moving in a couple weeks, and my plans can move forward.

    The goal of this tank is a low light, low tech setup. Thus far I have the tank, a stand, glass tops, heater, aquatech 30-60 filter, 50 lbs of eco complete and two 36" lights at 30 watts each. One light is a t8 and the other a t 12. Total cost so far $40 (and a little gas money).

    I've also got a couple pieces of driftwood and some plants from my 10 and 20 gallon tanks. I'll be wanting to buy some more, and I am definitely open to input from all of you as to good options.

    Plant options so far:
    Amazon sword
    Java fern
    Narrow leaf Java fern
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    Elodea
    Indian Fern
    Watersprite
    Wisteria (almost died, some baby plants growing from stocks)
    Anubias (not sure what type)
    Corkscrew Val

    (I think that is my current list of plants that I can draw from.)

    I want a carpet plant, probably narrow leaf chain sword or lutea. If I could get my hands on some dwarf sag, possibly that. . .very open to suggestions.

    I guess I should post that my ph is 8 out of the tap. I plan on diy co2 with two bottles to hopefully lower the ph a bit, but plan on 7.5 to 8 and very hard water.

    Any thoughts on these or other plants for this setup?

    Pics and more to come. . .
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    For a carpet plant have you looked at microsword? I am trying it out now in my 20g and from pictures I have seen online it has a nice look. Looking forward to pics!
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    Is microsword different than narrow leaf chain sword?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir Tristen
    Is microsword different than narrow leaf chain sword?
    I believe so. My microsword is Lilaeopsis brasiliensis while pygmy sword is echinoduras tenellus. But I have heard both species called microsword.
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    4 leaf clover is a good low light forground
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    4 leaf clover? Got any links?
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    LOL
    I had to, sorry!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gayle
    hehehe
    I looked it up on plantgeek, and the AQUATIC four leaf clover did look nice, but I think I liked the dwarf sag best of what I saw. They had a pic of a nice, lush carpet, and it looked beautiful. I also liked the narrow leaf chain and microsword, but they may be a little more demanding. Now, if I can just hunt down the sag. I only have a petsmart close by, but I may be able to find something.

    Still open to suggestions on all plant aspects here (and thanks for those I have already received )
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    Its sci name is "Marsilea quadrifolia". But it will form a lovely carpet alot like glosso but under low light conditions, it forms by runners under the substrate to propigate itself. Kind of a neat little plant really


    Not my pic, btw
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    Wow! That does look really nice.
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