Has anyone tried Dwarf Hairgrass and HC together in a 10 gallon? I was thinking about something like HC as a foreground (ground plant) with some zebra rocks surrounded by hairgrass and some bylxa japonica in the background. Opinions?
The hair grass is going to be a pia to keep the runners out of the hc. I had a 10 set up almost exactly as you are describing. Here is the thread with some pictures. My advice is either forget the hc or hairgrass, both together is a lot of work.
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anthonysquire's tank was beautiful, were you thinking of doing something like that?
you can always add a deep plastic barrier into the substrate that oughta keep the runners from invading the HC. and with weekly maintenance you can always keep it looking nice.
Anthony does have a beautiful tank I was actually thinking about something more like this...(found on the internet) with a bit more HC, a bit less hairgrass, and Bylxa Japonica in the background for a bit more "stemmy" atmosphere.
Here are a couple shots of my 2.5 gallon with dwarf hairgrass, HC, and Anubias nana 'petite'. I apologize for the blurry photos --photography is not one of my talents. First photo was taken late 9-08. Second photo taken a couple weeks ago.
Amazonia substrate, 26 watts pc lighting, diy co2. Tank has been running almost 9 months. I only recently started dosing with Flourish 2-3 times a week.
It's true that the hairgrass runners will intermingle with the HC. In a small tank, it's not such a big deal to tweeze out the hairgrass now and again to keep it from getting out of control. Sometimes I also just trim it short with scissors.
I think blyxa would go nicely with the hairgrass and HC.