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Hello all,

I am having difficulty choosing a primary ground cover for my stream (decent current) tank. I really like the soft look of dwarf hairgrass, but I am wondering how well it would do in a flourite substrate. I've read that hairgrass does best in a fine sand or soil substrate. Am I better off with glosso?

Any predictions on how well the hairgrass would fair in a flourite substrate with a decent current? Even if I used sand, would the current be an issue?

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Hairgrass does absolutely fine in Flourite. Current should not be an issue.
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Heres a couple of things to consider;
Both of these plants equally like a high light tank and a rich substrate.
Hairgrass spreads much slower than glosso, so if you want this stuff to spread and cover a large area be prepared to pay a lot of money for a lot of hairgrass. Glosso spreads fairly quickly, a little goes a long way. Hairgrass can take 2 months before you see any visible spread. Glosso will begin to send runners within 2 weeks and within 2 months ,the planted area will be completely covered in glosso.


These have been my experience with these 2 plants. That being said, I love both of these plants. Why not get some of each.


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Thanks--I already have some glosso coming in the mail (I hope, anyway) and a LFS stocks dwarf hairgrass, so I'll probably try both out.

Thanks for the input and advice--I'm determined to do this right the first time...

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Anticipate the hairgrass growing under and within your glosso stand. That's fine if that's the look you're going for, but if you decide you want to pull one of those out after they've grown in, you won't be able to do so without destroying the whole lawn.
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you could also try some marselia as it does not need near us much light as glosso

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what kind of marsilea is good? There's a few varieties that I've read about. Who sells marsilea?

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I don't know of any online vendors selling Marselia. I got some from Jon (Rupey) on this board and it is growing at about the same rate as glosso. I did hear that it takes more time to become established, but I wouldn't say it is a faster grower or less demanding than glosso.

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You might take a trip down to your local plant nursery--you'd be surprised how many difficult-to-obtain aquarium plants are sold as easy-to-get marginals. Both forms of Houttuynia cordata, for example, should be easy to find there.
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Good idea, 2la, I think I'm going to try my local plant nurseries.
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