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Old 12-10-2010, 08:46 PM   #1
 
Grass Lawns

I am still trying to plan out my new tank, and I have been searching all over the net for inspiration. The tank will be a 25 gallon with Cardinals, GBR's and maybe some type of cory cat. Getting to the point, how does Takashi Amano create the grass lawns in his tanks? What type of plant is it? I was thinking dwarf hairgrass, but I read it can get like 6'' tall. Can I still accomplish this look using low lighting?
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Old 12-11-2010, 12:11 AM   #2
 
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The main ones that serious scapers use are Glossostigma elatinoides and Hemianthus callitrichoides. Both require higher lighting, co2 injection, and dosing fertilizer from what I understand, I personally have never tried to grow them.

There are some more that form a carpet effect like micro swords, dwarf hairgrass, dwarf sagittaria and others. The problem is that with low light/co2 there are many that grow tall rather than compact to better use the light available.

It really depends on what you mean by "low lighting", but dwarf sagittaria can make a nice carpet in low-light tanks but it is not as super compact and grass-like as seen in other set-ups. Personally if I find a plant I really like I will give it a try and see how it does.
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Old 12-11-2010, 03:35 AM   #3
 
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HC is not a beginner's plants. I have never tried keeping any because I know for sure that they will not grow well under my care.

Glosso is easier but you need high light to prevent it from growing upwards. If it grows well in your tank, you may have to trim it often as they grow pretty fast.

Hairgrass - I am currently trying them in one of my tanks. Result is uncertain yet. They grow pretty tall in my tank but a friend told me that I have to trim them.

Marsilea - I have tried them as foreground plants. The growth is pretty slow but it's easy to keep them.

Sagitaria subulata - In a 55 gallon tank, I use them as foreground plants. The lighting is moderate. Insufficient lighting will lead the plants to grow tall. Not suitable as a foreground plant in a small tank.

Echinodorus tenellus - will be easy to grow but some people think they look messy like wild grass.

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Old 12-11-2010, 01:16 PM   #4
 
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Agreed- dwarf baby tears is also next to impossible in low-light.

I would just go with "pellia". it's similiar to a moss, but it sinks.
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Old 12-11-2010, 05:56 PM   #5
 
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i always thought that the carpeting plant that amano uses is dwarf baby tears and dwarf hairgrass which both need high light. I currently have a 10 gallon tanks with 30 watts and growing a carpet of microsword. the microsword stays short (about an 1 inch only ) but creates a lawn effect very slowly and is prone to alge
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Old 12-11-2010, 06:24 PM   #6
 
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I'd advice Marsilea if you have a low tech tank.
It does take it's sweet time to grow but it is like a car with no brakes, if you get it going it's hard to stop it!
As for a Amano looking tank you can forget it without very good light, ferts, co2, lots of care and knowhow, it will just fail and you will just get angry about it.
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Old 12-16-2010, 12:10 PM   #7
 
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I'd advice Marsilea if you have a low tech tank.
It does take it's sweet time to grow but it is like a car with no brakes, if you get it going it's hard to stop it!
As for a Amano looking tank you can forget it without very good light, ferts, co2, lots of care and knowhow, it will just fail and you will just get angry about it.
meh. Maybe not Amano, but you can still have a nicely scaped tank that you're happy with.
Also, hairgrass does fine in low light.
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Old 12-16-2010, 05:17 PM   #8
 
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meh. Maybe not Amano, but you can still have a nicely scaped tank that you're happy with.
Also, hairgrass does fine in low light.
Yes, you can.
Indeed it does, tested it in a nano and it did good but when i boosted the ferts/light/co2 it exploded like C4.
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Old 12-17-2010, 09:05 AM   #9
 
Im personally partial to Microsword, i think it looks the most like terrestrial grass. Even under lower lighting it doesnt grow as tall as dwarf hairgrss. However, if you want to go after any of the popularly known styles, your gonna need to invest in tech. Dwarf baby tears are next to impossible to grow in anything less than 2w per gallon and def needs co2.
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Old 12-17-2010, 09:46 AM   #10
 
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However, if you want to go after any of the popularly known styles, your gonna need to invest in tech.

I wouldn't go that far. You haven't seen my newest creation yet. Can't show it to anyone until january...
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