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Old 01-11-2004, 11:39 PM   #1
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Hi, im new to here and im intrested in making a planted tank. I see many pictures of people with a large bed of grass above their gravel. Im asking, how do i make that bed of grass. Also is it hard to do water changes and gravel vacs?
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Old 01-12-2004, 01:16 AM   #2
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You need a good substrate rich in iron for it to grow fast and thick. With plants in a tank gravel vac will mess things up a bit but not much.
What type of grass are you refering
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Old 01-12-2004, 02:06 AM   #3
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i have no clue im a total nood =( I think im talking about java grass/moss?
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Old 01-12-2004, 03:33 AM   #4
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You're nood awell huh?

I think you might be noob. Theres half a dozen different ones used for the grass effect. Im going to use riccia fluitans. Not really a grass.
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Old 01-12-2004, 01:12 PM   #5
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Easiest plant for a newbie to use to make a lawn is definitely Echinodorus tenellus (Dwarf Chain Sword)
You need light intensity towards the higher end of the range (3wpg) and a rich substrate (Flourite, Eco-Complete, laterite, etc.) and pressurized CO2 to make it easy.
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Old 01-12-2004, 02:36 PM   #6
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I am using Dwarf Hairgrass in my 10 gallon. It's a bit of a pain to plant but it looks good once it's planted.
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Old 01-12-2004, 03:04 PM   #7
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Probably the most rewarding lawn is a lawn of Lilaeopsis brasiliensis, but unfortunately it need's high light..
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My fav is true micro Echinodorus tenellus
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Probably the most rewarding lawn is a lawn of Lilaeopsis brasiliensis, but unfortunately it need's high light..
This is a very unpredictable plant IMO. I grew it fairly successfully in my 10 gallon tank with 30 watts NO, plain gravel and no additional nutrient supplements.

In my 29 I had fits with it with 110 watts CF. It did nothing but grow massive clumps of algae all over it. I finally ripped it out and threw it away. A few months later I found one little piece that I missed that was algae free and relocated it but it hasn't done anything.
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Sounds like to many nutrients in that tank combined with your high amount of lighting
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My tank is set up for low to moderate lighting. Could you guys help me out and post pics of these grass like plants. thanks!

Oh, yes i am a noob haha. I would really like something like Eleocharis acicularis. The pictures look good but i dont have any info on it. Can you guys tell me more. Thanks
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My tank is set up for low to moderate lighting. Could you guys help me out and post pics of these grass like plants. thanks!

Oh, yes i am a noob haha. I would really like something like Eleocharis acicularis. The pictures look good but i dont have any info on it. Can you guys tell me more. Thanks
Where are you located, maybe I can get you some hairgrass to play with and see if it will work for you. You'll know if it works because your tank will be overrun.
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Here's Echinodorus tenellus but, the regular version which, as you can see, grows fairly tall (around 4"). The true micro E. tenellus A-S is talking about sounds like it might be worth a try.
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Old 01-14-2004, 07:55 PM   #14
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Im from san francisco =)
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Check out SFAS meetings. You are in the right area for planted tanks. I think SF and Dallas are the two big resources for planted tanks in the US. Check out Albany aquarium for some inspiration. Every tank has plants. I am going to be growing out some hair grass emersed in my ten gallon to sell on aquabid. Once it gets growing I can bring you some at a meeting. There was an aquatic plant pre-meeting in the past, but the SFAS is in the process of moving and we haven't had it for awhile.
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