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Old 01-16-2013, 07:58 PM   #1
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Frustrated with my Dwarf Sag

In a smaller tank I have a few bushels of dwarf saggitaria and a few anubias. I took them out and gave them to my friend because they were all excess from my 55 gallon. Since we've renovated the house I've yet to find a place to put the tank. I've decided to decommission it and possibly start it up again later on. The light component to the fluval edge has rusted over making it impossible for it to secure any replacement bulbs, so I think I'll possibly do some searching on Amazon to get the LED light attachment. So I took out all the plants that's in the edge and gave it to my friend who was really happy because he's just getting into the hobby. Enough side story...

While I was pulling up the plants I noticed the dwarf sag wasn't sending out runners. It's been a few months since this tank was established. However, I expected the dwarf sag in this tank to not have any runners because this tank was my neglected for weeks and weeks at a time. I didn't give it the attention I would give to my 55 gallon. However, while looking back at my larger tank, I don't see much dwarf sag growth either. Sure it grows longer and longer, but I noticed that only 1 bushel sent out a single runner from the numerous bushels (that I notice) and that was it. I give my 55 gallon a lot of attention and dose regularly. I took at look at some of the posts who have the same problems and they usually end with, be glad it's slow now because you will wish it was later on. I understand that, but does it really take 3 months for it to get acclimated? Frustrating is the general mood when I look at that plant. The plant produces new leaves but not runners. Does this plant generally propagate by extending an extension of its root system? or does it propagate by sending out a existing leaf into the substrate, then forming new roots? I try to make sense of it by looking at pictures but noticed a few pictures that showed that distinctive feature just described. If that's the case, I've been trimming the dwarf sag so no wonder it hasn't propagated...
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Old 01-16-2013, 08:13 PM   #2
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Old 01-16-2013, 09:34 PM   #3
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In my experience, dwarf sag needs the higher end of low light to really get going. My lightings too low and I have the same problem as you, but in my friends tank its going wild because he has closer to medium light. You want to shoot for at least 20 par at the substrate and you will have lots of success with this plant.
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Old 01-16-2013, 10:54 PM   #4
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In my 75 my dwarf sag is going great. Once it gets going its amazing. I think the trick is just having at least medium light. That is what I have in my 75. There is a video on my youtube channel you can see my dwarf sag and other plants. Subscribe too if you want to see more planted tank videos.
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Old 01-16-2013, 11:32 PM   #5
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My dwarf sag exploded as soon as i started injecting co2. Before that, it just kinda sat there, slowly dying. Now it's completely out of control and i have to pull out several plants a week to keep it in line. It also seems to like to be planted with the crown (part right above the roots) exposed, like vals and swords, otherwise it gets grumpy. Try root tabs, too.
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Old 01-17-2013, 12:15 AM   #6
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mine took a while at first but now is going wild. i had it for a good 6 months in the tank and then all of a sudden with in 2 weeks it almost covered the floor of my 29
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