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How to grow dwarf hairgrass???

Hello, I'm new to the planted tank forum and I just started growing a dwarf hairgrass in my new 10 gallon aquarium and a friend of mine explained to me how to grow this but I'm still a bit confused on how to do it, so I was hoping if someone here on the forum could guide me in the right direction, I would really appreciate it! i currently have the grass planted in eco-complete with a 5500k light bulb shining over the grass, I've had it like this about a week and two days.
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your gonna want medium to high light and if you want it to carpet id add some DIY Co2.
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Should I have the plants submerged in water?
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You can grow the grass either submerge or emerse. If you have low light and no co2 it's easier to grow it emerse til you get more light and the co2
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Ok, the light I am using is 5500k,57 watts, is that low light or high light? Because if it is high light I should grow it submerged with c02, if I am not mistaken.
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What kind of light is it? But that's a lot of light. You should suspend it above the tank and yes, you'll b fine submerging it.
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It is a cfl light bulb and i meant to say 5500k,27 watts. The bulb is in a lamp lighting the grass. I'll post a pic in couple of seconds so you can see.
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I am sorry I can't post post a pic of it, but how much should I fill the tank with water?
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I am sorry I can't post post a pic of it, but how much should I fill the tank with water?
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Yes fill it fully. But since it's a cfl you have less then 57w so that's good.
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Thank you very much for your help! I really appreciate it!!
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Here's how I planted it
1. Filled up tank w substrate, then filled with water to just get the substrate wet
2. Separated the grass into tiny sections about 1/5 of an inch
3. Plant them around the tank, usually 1inch apart, but if you don't have enough just spread it out evenly.
4. Filled the tank carefully so I didn't disturb the substrate
5. Wait a few weeks and watch for runners. Then trim the grass down to 1/2 inch to promote growth
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I after i fill it up with water I put my DIY c02 and should i put a filter too or should I wait to introduce the filter when I get fish?
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Always have a filter, you want the filter to mature a few weeks before adding fish. It'll also circulate the water to distribute nutrients evenly. When there's no flow it could cause algae to appear in dead spots.
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What kind of filter would you recommend for a ten gallon planted tank?
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