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post #1 of (permalink) Old 10-21-2012, 08:36 AM Thread Starter
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Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Arkansas, United States
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Dwarf Hairgrass in 20H

Hey there everyone. First time poster here. I just wanted to ask a question about my new DHG. I bought it from petsmart and it came in a package like this:

I separated it into five clumps and planted them close together.

Looking at them though, after the hours of (attempted) gentle washing it took to get the gel out of the roots, they look all mingled, mangled, clumped and rather ugly.

I couldn't find any good info on how to handle the washing and planting of GH packaged this way so I just did the best I could manage but I really don't like it. It's been in the tank for a few weeks now.... 2 or 3ish and I can see that it is beginning to sprout runners but I worry that these five clumps will always look messy. What should I do? How can I fix it? If I remove the clumps and trim them into sections of 4-5 blades each and plant them a few cm apart will that hurt the new growth? Will it set things back? Is that how I should handle it?

Any help would be greatly appreciated thanks! This is my first real attempt at a planted tank other than the cheapo amazon sword bulbs from wally world lol

I'm running very very low tech.

I have an aqueon 20H tank with matching hood that holds an 18" 15w bulb.
I have roughly 1 1/2-2 inch dirted tank with a 1 inch cap of gravel mixed with crushed coral.
Have a small heater that I use on the rare occasion that the temp dips.
A 30 gallon in-tank filter and a dual action air pump.
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