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Neatfish 07-26-2012 11:53 PM

Dwarf Hair grass?
I'm going to try and grow a carpet with dhg. Will it grow with no co2? Can I use sunlight to grow it out?

Ptyochromis 07-27-2012 01:36 AM

I don't see why not. As long as the light is intense enough and the tank doesn't get too hot.

Bermyguy 07-27-2012 02:38 AM

How did you plant it so that it doesn't float?

Neatfish 07-27-2012 02:50 AM

It's planted in organic potting soil with just a little water. It's not full with water. I'm just trying to grow this out.

mannye 07-27-2012 02:59 AM

That will look nice if you can make it happen! I'm about to transplant some baby java ferns I got in the mail (best forum ever!) from a fellow forum member a few weeks back and I'm thinking with java in the back some dwarf hair grass might look very nice in the front!

Neatfish 07-27-2012 03:53 AM

I'm going to try and if it grows I'll move it to my new 29g.

Absntmind 07-27-2012 04:30 AM

I planted some a couple weeks ago in a low tech tank, checkerboard pattern in sand substrate. I put some tabs in as well as use liquid ferts (seachem flourish). My results are mixed so far as a couple bunches have died off while some others have already started to put out runners. Completely random as far as I can tell, but so far I am confident the majority will survive in the least. It leaves me thinking it is possible so far, so please keep us informed as I am trying the same.

55 gallon standard, lighting is a dual T5NO 48" @ 10hrs a day, sand substrate, Fluval 406 with homemade spray bar. I use Seachem tabs as well as flourish one a week, with prime for once a week water changes (30%).

Vermino 07-27-2012 04:44 AM

why not split up the clumps and make pencil like DHG inserts? this will grow the carpet ALOT quicker how you have it setup now.

Snowflake311 07-27-2012 05:00 AM


Originally Posted by Vermino (Post 1958563)
why not split up the clumps and make pencil like DHG inserts? this will grow the carpet ALOT quicker how you have it setup now.

Yeah that would be the best way. But it takes for ever to plant the tiny plants. For me I rather wait for it to grow then plant each tiny bit.

I planted some months ago in a low tech tank it took a month to see runners. It's not growing much. But it's green and looks nice still. Nothing died off.

I planted some in a tank with more light and co2. We will see how that goes.

Vermino 07-27-2012 05:16 AM

it took me about an hour to break up, split up, clean up and plant two pots of DHG. Wasn't too bad if you soak it in water and shake a bit (this usually get the roots loosen up) then just pull a few hairs and the roots come with them. (easier said than done right? haha)

nalu86 07-27-2012 05:34 AM

it grows outside in my pond, well it doesn't look that great anymore sins a bunch of floaters were hanging above it, but it will recover after I remove the floaters.

SaltyNC 07-27-2012 03:32 PM

My growth is slow without CO2 since flooding my tank, but it's still growing. I dose Excel pretty heavily. I'm adding CO2 in a week.

Neatfish 07-30-2012 03:20 AM

Looks like the dhg is starting to spread out a little.

mannye 07-31-2012 01:20 AM

Are you finally using sunlight to grow it out? My tank isn't exposed to sunlight...I have to upgrade from the original tube the 6.6 Petco comes from...

Neatfish 07-31-2012 01:27 AM

It's by a window and every morning the sun shines very bright in that area.

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