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Christople 06-15-2011 08:07 PM

Setup up question.
Hi all, I have a question. I have gotten a narrow leaf chain sword and it has spread runners in two days. Seeing how successful with this species I was, I thought that I could use a couple chain swords to change my lay out. My question is if I use plastic as a barrier to prevent the swords from growing in areas I don't want them to, will it work? What I plan is to do a smaller species in front, the species i have now in the middle, and giant hair grass in the back. I might even do glossisstomo or some where around species like that. In between each species of plants I would do a arch barrier to give it a nice look. Would this work?

Rip 06-16-2011 12:06 AM

since the runner on this plant occurs on top of the substrate, you'd have to use a plastic divider that sticks above the substrate slightly. maybe if you found one the same color as your gravel, it might look okay. in my mind, your idea would work, cuz once the runner bumps into the plastic barrier, it should just change directions, and grow along the barrier. that's how mine grow, after they run into the glass. what kind of plastic were you planning on using exactly?

Christople 06-16-2011 09:24 AM

well depends on what you guys say but some clear plastic from a two litre bottle but there are other options and I plan on removing the barriers after a couple months and I planned on the barrier sticking out of the soil too.... what plastic would suggest?

SinCrisis 06-16-2011 09:29 AM

Will not work, my chain swords runner regularly move over driftwood and rocks in my aquarium. At times it will even just grow a plant suspended in water if it goes up and cant find its way back down. The best way to control their growth is to trim the runners.

Christople 06-16-2011 09:40 AM

alright well I will try it and see what happens

Byron 06-16-2011 06:31 PM

I agree. Pygmy chain swords are very prolific once they are settled. I have both types (narrow and wide leaf) of Hellanthum tenellum and I have the slightly larger species [H. quadricostatus or H. bolivianus or whatever it actually is] and bi-weekly trimming is required if I don't want the runners, which sometimes I don't.

All of these will as SC said grow over, around, under, and even through (if there is a crevice in wood for example) anything in their path.

Christople 06-16-2011 09:39 PM

okay. how fast does giant hair grass spread and how fast would you say that two micro swords would to carpet over half a ten gallon

SinCrisis 06-16-2011 10:59 PM

rate of growth of plants is very dependent on the conditions in your tank. If your conditions favor one plant over the other, they will grow faster. This is not something we can just tell you that is a universal truth about plant growth, you just gotta test it out and see what results you get and then make a decision from there.

Christople 06-17-2011 08:53 AM


Byron 06-17-2011 02:14 PM

I concur with SC.

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