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Old 03-28-2011, 12:32 PM   #11
 
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with what the runners look like and if a rock next to the plant will hurt it.
Runners grow from the rhizome (rootstock) and spread out through the substrate. Adventitious plants arise periodically along the runner and sprout up through the substrate. Vallisneria, Sagittaria, pygmy chain swords, all do the same. A drawing to illustrate is attached.

When a runner comes across a rock or similar impenetrable object, is may continue under it, over it, or around it. I`ve had pygmy chain sword runners do all three depending upon the whim of the plant.
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Old 03-28-2011, 12:36 PM   #12
 
thank you.
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Old 03-28-2011, 06:13 PM   #13
 
My dwarf chain swords have long runners though, i think hairgrass runners sprout new plants at much shorter distances than chain sword runners, thats why it creates the illusion of a lawn so well. How long has this plant been in the tank, and has it been moved since planted? All my plants that use runners took a long time to send out runners because they wont spread until they are properly acclimated, my dwarf chain swords didnt start to spread for at least a month. The rocks beside it shouldnt matter, the plant will just reach it, probably drop a plant, and then move on. Cutting the runners will cause it to stop spreading for a while, my mother plants always stop sending runners for months after I cut their babies off of them.
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Old 03-28-2011, 06:35 PM   #14
 
the plant has been in there about a week.
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Old 03-28-2011, 09:12 PM   #15
 
Well give it some time, it should start to spread once its gotten used to your tank and water.
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Old 03-28-2011, 09:34 PM   #16
 
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my DHG all kept getting ripped out every day by my angelfish. i got so frustrated re planting things EVERY DAY lol so i just took it out, i need to find a new carpeting plant my angels wont demolish
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Old 03-28-2011, 10:22 PM   #17
 
You can try planting them and then puttin up a separator until the plants root in properly.
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Old 04-01-2011, 11:11 AM   #18
 
Cristople, my dwarf hairgrass took a couple weeks or longer to sprout runners. I will grab a picture to show you as they are on driftwood and exposed. Let me take one after I clean the tank ;)
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Old 04-01-2011, 08:10 PM   #19
 
Okay thank you.
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Old 04-01-2011, 10:09 PM   #20
 
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How long have you had it?
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