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How Much dwarf hairgrass?
Old 11-27-2010, 03:15 PM   #11
 
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Angel079 had a tank with hairgrass... She had about 1 wpg and it grow in completely in a month or two.
Yeah I am a little confused, everywhere I read says the opposite of what Mikaila31 is saying here. Not that I am saying they are wrong but I am reading it is supposed to be one of the easier grass plants to for a carpet and take care of.

However "low" and "high" lighting is completely relative. As well as "fast growing" and other things people use to describe plants. I would say give 5-7 of them a chance and see how they do, they spread pretty well so it depends on how quickly you want the area to be filled.
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Old 11-27-2010, 06:20 PM   #12
 
I just stated what I know and what experience has taught me about Eleocharis parvulus and carpeting it. It needs at least moderate light IMO and is not the easiest plant to carpet. If you just want to grow the stuff then yes less light will work. If your talking of forming those think dense carpets you often see the plant in then you need higher lighting then normal. Less light the plant will grow more scattered and longer. More light the plant will grow denser and shorter. Also be aware when you buy this plant that it is almost always grown emeresed not submeresed. When planted in the aquarium it will lose all of its original leaves and hopefully grow new ones. Don't expect it to do any speed growing till it establishes itself. I've grown the plant before and as a stated I find it a PITA. Could be the way I run my tanks though, it couldn't compete with my other plants.
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Old 11-28-2010, 01:28 PM   #13
 
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I think he got our names mixed up... Might have been talking about my post.

If everything is balanced, you could probably grow a lot of plants with far less than 1 wpg. (If everything is balanced, you won't have hardly any algae either.)

Of course, it's easier if you have medium light IMO- 1-2.5 WPG.
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Old 11-28-2010, 03:41 PM   #14
 
Ive had some pretty good luck with the dwarf hairgrass, It basically covered the whole bottom of my 10 gal in about a 2 months. I didnt have a lot of light either. My substrate was soil and then sand ontop of the soil.
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Old 11-29-2010, 12:48 AM   #15
 
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I just stated what I know and what experience has taught me about Eleocharis parvulus and carpeting it. It needs at least moderate light IMO and is not the easiest plant to carpet. If you just want to grow the stuff then yes less light will work. If your talking of forming those think dense carpets you often see the plant in then you need higher lighting then normal. Less light the plant will grow more scattered and longer. More light the plant will grow denser and shorter. Also be aware when you buy this plant that it is almost always grown emeresed not submeresed. When planted in the aquarium it will lose all of its original leaves and hopefully grow new ones. Don't expect it to do any speed growing till it establishes itself. I've grown the plant before and as a stated I find it a PITA. Could be the way I run my tanks though, it couldn't compete with my other plants.

By the way, I did not mean any disrespect. I hope I did not come across that way.

I was just saying that I had read a few things that said it was a low requirement plant, but I certainly value real personal experience with it over databases online. I appreciate your input, I was considering dawarfgrass but now I may look for something that is less of a risk.
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Old 11-29-2010, 01:32 AM   #16
 
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Hey guys! sorry i didnt get back to you all sooner.

I decided to give it a shot with my current setup.

about 1.5 WPG of HO T5 (2 10000k Bulbs)
Plant Substrate from aquariumplants.com
running two DIY 2-liter CO2 being captured in tubes and churned with water jets to dissolve it.

I planted my whole tank and so far so good, im seeing growth on all my plants (5 days running) besides the dwarf hairgrass (still waiting for it to sent out runners)

BUT, im not seeing it die off (yet) as Mikaila31 so im very happy about that. Lets seeeee how it goes

here is a picture of the tank right now

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Old 11-29-2010, 01:37 AM   #17
 
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oh ya, the sponge over my HOB intake was to help remove the cloudiness from the substrate.

also when i setup the tank, i emptied it out but kept the water in an extra large tank. set it up. refilled it to how much i usually lower it to when i do a water change, then filled the rest with fresh water.

let it run for 3 days, then added my fish back in that were already there.
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Old 11-29-2010, 12:40 PM   #18
 
It won't always die back, only if it was grown emersed(out of water). Nurseries often do this because the plant grows faster with less light. However it also changes the growth. Emersed dwarf hair grass often has small buds on the top of it. Sweet aquatics for example, their display pic shows emersed dwarf hairgrass with lots of buds. Most plants when grown emersed then but in water shed all their leaves because those designed to grow out of water are not well suited to functioning underwater and vice versa. A lot of our aquarium plants like dwarf harigrass will only undergo sexual reproduction(flowers) in an emersed state. When in the aquarium the do asexual reproduction(runners, cuttings, ect). Other plants like Hygrophilia sp. and pennywort also flower given the correct environment.
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Old 11-30-2010, 05:22 PM   #19
 
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That sounds exactly what I attempted. You can check out my 37g light and gravel. I also order from aquariumplants.com. I orders DHG by the square foot I think it was like $21 but to me it sounded better than putting in pots. Some of my DHG was a little brown but did brighten back up after a while. One thing I would recommend is to anchor down th patch some how because it eventually worked its way loose and became a floating plant. And it is a real pain to try to tie down again. Could have had something to do with my snails trampling it but they do have fine roots so it doesn't take much to work them loose.

If you want to use pots it just depends on how long you want to wait to have it fill in.
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