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Since I have the new 40 gallon tank, it's very sparse due to only about 10 big sprigs of anacharis and barely a layer of glass pebbles on the bottom. I'd like to buy some kind of plant that would grow to completely cover the bottom of the tank, if it's possible. I don't really mind how expensive it is. I don't care about the color of the plant...I just need it to be completely aquatic. If that even exists...

Well thanks in advance :clapping:

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Well, it depends a lot on the setup, the lighting on the tank etc. There are some mosses that you can use to cover the whole bottom, or dwarf hair grass. :)

But I think they need trimmed every once in a while.

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Dwarf sag would be nice and it is a pretty low needs plant, as long as your fish don't eat it ;)

Edit: it would not provide as tight/thorough coverage as something like dwarf hair grass or moss though, but it does grow in pretty thick over time

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I'd like to know this too. I'm hoping to receive some java moss soon, which I know I'll be using as bottom-cover on my ten gallon tropical, but I'm not so sure if goldfish will eat it.

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I use crypts as a kind of ground cover. But they require substrate, and they aren't truly ground cover. A lot of ground cover requires co2 and high light, and some plants would be eaten by goldfish.

Btw, how is moss turned into a ground cover?

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My java moss was more or less ground covering the sand in my Spec before I took it out. It just kept growing. It also grew up, but I trimmed it (or tried to) in that direction. I had it rather inexpertly partially buried in the sand, but it seemed to like that okay. Probably a more elegant solution would work even better.

Edit to add: this was for shrimp. Definitely what I had going on would've been torn up by a goldfish in a heartbeat.

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My vote would be for dwarf sag also. I had some that completely coverd the bottom of a ten gallon tank within a year. I bet you could use moss and attach it to some sort of mesh and weigh it down. I have seen this done with riccia.

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Glosso forms a thick, dense carpet but I think you need high light and CO2 for it. Also it seems to get REALLY REALLY thick, so maybe having some goldfish munching on it isn't a bad idea....They can be lawn mowers :D

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Hmmm....Glosso likes high light and the preferred temperature is in the 70s. However, it is gorgeous and I'd love to have some one day (maybe for a big betta tank....someday). I do believe Java Moss would be devoured in a heartbeat (my goldfish are hardcore nommers), since they're constantly picking at the anacharis, even right after feeding. I cannot satisfy their hunger. :no:

I can certainly provide high lighting, but not co2 (Mom: You don't need it anyway, so why bother getting a plant that requires it?).

Thanks for the answers, guys :clapping:

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