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Old 01-17-2009, 03:54 AM   #1
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10 gallon: HC/Dwarf Hairgrass


Has anyone tried Dwarf Hairgrass and HC together in a 10 gallon? I was thinking about something like HC as a foreground (ground plant) with some zebra rocks surrounded by hairgrass and some bylxa japonica in the background. Opinions?
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Old 01-17-2009, 01:24 PM   #2
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I think it would look cool. The only problem I can for see is getting your hands on dwarf hairgrass. Unless you already have some. I have been trying to get some for 3 weeks.
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Old 01-17-2009, 02:55 PM   #3
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The hair grass is going to be a pia to keep the runners out of the hc. I had a 10 set up almost exactly as you are describing. Here is the thread with some pictures. My advice is either forget the hc or hairgrass, both together is a lot of work.
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anthonysquire's tank was beautiful, were you thinking of doing something like that?

you can always add a deep plastic barrier into the substrate that oughta keep the runners from invading the HC. and with weekly maintenance you can always keep it looking nice.
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anthonysquire's tank was beautiful, were you thinking of doing something like that?

you can always add a deep plastic barrier into the substrate that oughta keep the runners from invading the HC. and with weekly maintenance you can always keep it looking nice.
Anthony does have a beautiful tank I was actually thinking about something more like this...(found on the internet) with a bit more HC, a bit less hairgrass, and Bylxa Japonica in the background for a bit more "stemmy" atmosphere.

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i think that would look awesome, and if the DHG sends runners inside the HC then i guess it'll just make it look more natural.

yeah and i agree, the blyxa in the background would definitely give it a better effect.
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Has anyone tried Dwarf Hairgrass and HC together in a 10 gallon?
Sure have, this was my first real attempt at a planted tank. DIY CO2, plain sand, no ferts, daily excel w/ sunshine supplementation 40 watts of 6500k cfl's. No real scape
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heres my 7 gallon with hc, dwarf hairgrass and zebra rocks.
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Old 01-19-2009, 03:38 AM   #9
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I tend to like the look of dwarf hair grass and hc mixed together. I feel it gives a more natural look to any scape if they are somewhat tamed properly.

Nyteblades post is a perfect example of this


That being said, its nice to see great conversation from the "Aquascaping Sub-Forum"

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Old 01-19-2009, 04:58 AM   #10
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Here are a couple shots of my 2.5 gallon with dwarf hairgrass, HC, and Anubias nana 'petite'. I apologize for the blurry photos --photography is not one of my talents. First photo was taken late 9-08. Second photo taken a couple weeks ago.

Amazonia substrate, 26 watts pc lighting, diy co2. Tank has been running almost 9 months. I only recently started dosing with Flourish 2-3 times a week.

It's true that the hairgrass runners will intermingle with the HC. In a small tank, it's not such a big deal to tweeze out the hairgrass now and again to keep it from getting out of control. Sometimes I also just trim it short with scissors.

I think blyxa would go nicely with the hairgrass and HC.
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