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Old 08-22-2013, 09:25 AM   #1
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Will Dwarf Hairgrass die\stop spreading if planted too deep?


In the morning ,normal people drink their coffee.I replant.My amanos are digging up my Dwarf Hairgrass and Ammania sp Bonsai at night ,I have to replant every morning.
When I started the tank ,I wasn't considering having shrimp ,so I only used an inch and a half of JBL Manado gravel over my Tetra Complete substrate.Barely 2 inches of planting depth.Very light substrate ,doesn't hold plants with smaller root systems very well.
I would like to plant the hairgrass as deep as possible ,leaving only 10 percent of it above the substrate.Would this kill it or make it stop sending runners?Same for the Ammania.Please help ,I would like to have a normal morning....
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I have a 60cms-18 gallons tank with various plants including Ammnia sp.Bonsai no hair grass instead I have Marsilea Minuta. My substrate is JBL Mando beneath it is JBL Proflora. I had the same problem in the beginning. JBL Manado is an airy substrate it will take time but in the end u'll be able to plant hairgrass. My shrimps love to dig too (never planned to have shrimps in this tank due to CO2, high lights n ferts) yet I kept on replanting till they stopped.
I started feeding (spreading) pieces of shrimp food an hour after lights out in the tank in diff.corners this keeps them occupied and they do not think abt.disturbing my plants.
Till date I find a few plants floating but I got used to this. Instead I sit back relax and enjoy my cup of coffee, watch my fish after feeding them. I replant,trim,etc. during water changes once a week.
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I have a 60cms-18 gallons tank with various plants including Ammnia sp.Bonsai no hair grass instead I have Marsilea Minuta. My substrate is JBL Mando beneath it is JBL Proflora. I had the same problem in the beginning. JBL Manado is an airy substrate it will take time but in the end u'll be able to plant hairgrass. My shrimps love to dig too (never planned to have shrimps in this tank due to CO2, high lights n ferts) yet I kept on replanting till they stopped.
I started feeding (spreading) pieces of shrimp food an hour after lights out in the tank in diff.corners this keeps them occupied and they do not think abt.disturbing my plants.
Till date I find a few plants floating but I got used to this. Instead I sit back relax and enjoy my cup of coffee, watch my fish after feeding them. I replant,trim,etc. during water changes once a week.
My shrimp are real fourty-niners.If I leave the tank be for a week ,there would be more plants at the surface than at the bottom lol.Manado seems to be harder than ADA ,etc,for how long will it last until I have to replace it?
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DHG will grow half buried in ada-sized granulated substrate, haven't tried burying deeper...
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I've seen my DHG grow from runners a solid inch under the substrate. I keep it in dirt capped with sand.
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Old 08-22-2013, 07:39 PM   #6
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My shrimp are real fourty-niners.If I leave the tank be for a week ,there would be more plants at the surface than at the bottom lol.Manado seems to be harder than ADA ,etc,for how long will it last until I have to replace it?
I had notorius amano shrimp who loved to tug and pull stems/roots out of the substrate. Cherries and CRS are curious lot who go on digging with their tiny feet at the bottom of the plant as if there is some hidden treasure. May be there are micro organism at bottom of the plant.

It will take some time till u have deep roots to hold the plants in place. Manado takes a while to lose its airy texture.
I have my Manado for nearly two years and going strong. You need patience and some plant weights.
Compared to ADA Amazonia Manado does not turn into powder within a year.
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Old 08-22-2013, 11:18 PM   #7
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I would like to plant the hairgrass as deep as possible ,leaving only 10 percent of it above the substrate.Would this kill it or make it stop sending runners?
A surefire way of killing a lot of plants that have to be rooted. To learn how to plant correctly buy a book on aquatic plants or search the web for articles on planting correctly.
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Old 08-22-2013, 11:54 PM   #8
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That's weird. My amano's don't do an of these things. I have sand, maybe that has something to do with it.

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