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Old 07-23-2013, 02:07 AM   #1
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Planting DHG...how long it would take???


I have 2 large mats here, 3"x5". Any ideas how long it would take to plant them all, in a 40g tank, 36" x 16"??? The carpeting area is only about 24" x 10". BTW, these mats I got...the tips of DHG have some seeds or pods on it? They aren't grown emmersed, right????
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If it has seed pods on the top then they are grown emersed. It can be really tedious planting dhg especially if you divide it up into little plugs which helps it spread a lot faster which isn't saying much because from my experience dhg is not exactly the fastest growing plant if you are trying to get a carpet.
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If it has seed pods on the top then they are grown emersed. It can be really tedious planting dhg especially if you divide it up into little plugs which helps it spread a lot faster which isn't saying much because from my experience dhg is not exactly the fastest growing plant if you are trying to get a carpet.

Hmm...really? Should I expect some sort of melts in the near future? I think these DHG should do fine sine I am planting them in a dirt tank with CO2 and medium high light.
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Hmm...really? Should I expect some sort of melts in the near future? I think these DHG should do fine sine I am planting them in a dirt tank with CO2 and medium high light.
I don't think it will melt but the older emersed leaves will more than likely turn yellow when converting to submersed conditions. You can always trim back the emersed grown leaves if they start to die and it will grow new leaves after some time.
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Old 07-23-2013, 02:43 AM   #5
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Took me about 3 hours to plant a 10x10 mat.
im guessing you got it from aquariumplants.com?
thats where i got mine from.

seperating the dhg from the mat sucks. first, you have to get it away from the metal mesh. then you can start yanking on the dhg. but you get used to it after a while and it actually comes off in nice plantable portions.
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Took me about 3 hours to plant a 10x10 mat.
im guessing you got it from aquariumplants.com?
thats where i got mine from.

seperating the dhg from the mat sucks. first, you have to get it away from the metal mesh. then you can start yanking on the dhg. but you get used to it after a while and it actually comes off in nice plantable portions.

No, I got them from http://www.shop.plantedaquariumscent...-Plants_c6.htm I think this is my favorite shop now. Quick shipment. I order them on Friday. Shipped out on Sat. I got them today. Very healthy looking. Yeah, it took me some time to remove the metal mesh.
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Took me about 3 hours to plant a 10x10 mat.
im guessing you got it from aquariumplants.com?
thats where i got mine from.

seperating the dhg from the mat sucks. first, you have to get it away from the metal mesh. then you can start yanking on the dhg. but you get used to it after a while and it actually comes off in nice plantable portions.
They are all done. Some I couldn't bare to separate them fromm the roots because they are more or less extras growing around the edge of the mat. They are all just a big mess. I actually trimmed off the mat into tiny chunks with the hair grass still attached on it. This way, I could just more or less "plug" it into the substrates. The mat material, coconut fiber, should hold the grass in place pretty well. I trimmed off the grass before planting them too.
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Old 07-24-2013, 11:48 PM   #8
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The cocoa fiber will find its way out of your substrate over time, trust me.

It floats and it's a pain lol

DHG is a pita to plant as well, but I'm a few months when your carpet is filled in you might feel it was worth it
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The cocoa fiber will find its way out of your substrate over time, trust me.

It floats and it's a pain lol

DHG is a pita to plant as well, but I'm a few months when your carpet is filled in you might feel it was worth it
Shouldn't the roots get all tangled up to the fiber....? Hopefully, the water would become more clearer by tomorrow and taking some photos of it too. The DHG is pearling right now. I assume it is a good sign. I am turning up my CO2 much higher and moving my light literally over the DHG. My light position is strange. The light fixture isn't wide enough. So, I decided to move my light more to the front to give more intensity to high light plants like DHG, Blyxa Japonica, and some pogostem species. With the darker area of the tank, which is at the back, I have nothing but crypts...
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I have been suspecting my DHG was sending out runners already but couldn't confirm until now. Only after 6 days of planting them. I have some small clumps planted near the front of the tank. I could clearly see one runner pressing against the acrylic. It is about 1 inch deep from the substrate. I suspect the root is in the soil already. I notice that I am seeing one or 2 blades popping up but with different color. Bright green instead of dark green. Hopefully, my DHG would surprise me even more by the end of the week.
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Old 07-30-2013, 12:20 AM   #11
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DHG is more of a patient plant, took me 9 months to finally get a decent carpet going.
Good luck with it!
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Here is some update of my DHG. It has been almost 3 weeks. The small clumps are spreading, slowly. There are almost 2 to 3 blades of grass in between each clump. I have 7 runners growing along the front of the tank's clear acrylic. I have few of them not doing anything. I mean, literally, no growths or new leaves shooting out. And BBA are starting to form on the them but they aren't that bad, yet. I also notice the some runners are growing downward. Others, upward towards the substrate, and even above the substrate. I had to push them down. My glowlight tetras are nipping the tips. And I begin to notice that my 3" big Pearl Gourami is nipping the grass. The light is off but I saw him swallowing something from the grass. It could be one of those loose clumps I replanted but eating the whole grass with roots too. It could be some decayed plant matter trapped in between the grass. I am getting a bit concern.

3 weeks and counting...... And my 5 cory cats are still being "quarantined" in my 15g plastic bucket until further notice. sigh..... I think I will cry and to thank the plant god if my DHG would ever carpet successfully.
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here's my before and after. exactly 1 month apart.
ei dosing. buildmyled lighting. aqua soil.
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here's my before and after. exactly 1 month apart.
ei dosing. buildmyled lighting. aqua soil.

Looking good. I think the grass needs a trim.....
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Old 08-13-2013, 12:43 AM   #15
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I haven't had much success with my DHG, which was planted about a couple of months ago. However, to be fair, I've had to replant it a couple of times, and I also don't think I was giving the DHG enough light. I had too many floaters blocking the light. I think I hardly have any green blades anymore. I rescaped my tank this past weekend, and there's more light hitting the DHG now. I'm hoping that it makes a comeback. With that being said, I'm not holding on to my dream of having a grass carpet. I got some glosso from an RAOK, and I'm looking forward to planting it and having it carpet. As I understand it, glosso carpets very quickly given the right conditions.
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