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Old 11-21-2006, 02:25 AM   #1
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Low tech grasses?


Are there any grasses that do well in low tech tanks? I always see underwater photos from South America where there are huge areas dominated by flowing grasses and I love that look.
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Old 11-21-2006, 12:23 PM   #2
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Saggiteria subulata (dwarf sag) and Lilaeopsis brasiliensis both will grow in low-tech conditions.
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Old 11-21-2006, 01:32 PM   #3
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It's worth noting though that L. brasiliensis will take forever to grow in low light.

I'm growing it under 4.5 wpg in a 29 gallon and it grows a new blade maybe once every two days. At this rate it will be summer before I have grown a dense carpet.
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and dwarf sag has large blades, nothing like hair grass
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If you want "flowing grass," I'd suggest you look into the Vallisneria species. Many of them do well in lower light tanks, and they will actually grow tall enough to flow. If you have a large tank, jungle val can grow to 6 feet and is quite impressive flowing across the surface.
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Old 11-21-2006, 04:47 PM   #6
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Yea I think the larger bladed grasses would look better because this is going into my 250 gallon tank. Thanks for all the suggestions so far.
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Old 11-21-2006, 05:00 PM   #7
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Jungle Val sounds like the way to go! I have it in my 20 Gal. low tech tank, it's growing Great! I have to trim it back every week minimum. That would look great in a 250!
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Look into Cyperus helferi for a "flowing" grassy look.
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There's also Vallisneria 'nana'. It's a narrow leaf (~1/8" wide) Val which grow to ~30" tall. Here are pictures of it growing in my 22" tall, 125g tank.


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Old 01-31-2007, 01:06 AM   #10
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Bill,

What's that plant in the bottom right of that picture. It's pretty cool looking!

Thanks,

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Lobelia cardinalis
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Old 01-31-2007, 02:05 AM   #12
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Thanks! They look great!
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Old 01-31-2007, 05:39 AM   #13
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You can go for screw vals also.
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I have some micro swords growing just about the whole length of my G. although growth has been slow, the wait is worth what I hope will be a nicely manicured lawn, with no trimming. Hopefully
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ICEH20,would that be the dwarf form of the cardinal plant,and does it lose leaves easily? cornhusker
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