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Dwarf Hair Grass Dry Start Method 12-13-15
Miracle Gro Nature’s Care Organic Potting Mix


Osmocote Plus


Lighting timer set to 8 hours


72” BeamsWork 13100 Lumen 6500K LED Fixture



CaribSea Flora Max. Didn’t want my Dwarf Hair Grass to be pulled out. Not sure if this is good for the roots and runners.


Spread the potting mix and scattered the Osmocote on top.



Gravel



Dwarf Hair Grass


Plants & gravel


Hoping to see root growth

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My floor is slanted, so my gravel gets more water on one side. So I have to add water above the gravel to provide enough for the other side. In the beginning, I sprayed my plants, but I got tired of doing it, so I just pour water up to the gravel line. I did not seal my cover. This algae and mold is starting to appear.


It took awhile, but Iím finally starting to see growth. Iíve noticed that the old part of the plants died off. I believe that if the grass was more randomly spread open, instead of ďhairsprayedĒ together, it will not die off like this because every individual grass is exposed to CO2. Iím going to experiment on another package of DHG to see if this is true.






I have removed most of the dead grass and have separated my grass into smaller pieces.






Iíve been allowing puddles on my left side, since my gravel is not even.

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4/7/16 update. Again, I’m not spraying my dwarf hair grass. I planted more grass. Runners are finally coming in, as seen in the last picture.





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From what i know, you are playing with fire having sitting water there at all times. If it works go for it, but the algae will be prevalent eventually I would say.
Having the water below substrate level is common practice, but then again DSM's work in multiple different ways!
I hope it all pans out, off to a great start!
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From what i know, you are playing with fire having sitting water there at all times. If it works go for it, but the algae will be prevalent eventually I would say.
Having the water below substrate level is common practice, but then again DSM's work in multiple different ways!
I hope it all pans out, off to a great start!
I have layers of algae and moss, but that's what my Siamese algae eaters need. I'm planning to get 10 of those little guys along with otocinclus.
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I'd suggest getting 5 siamese, they eat a lot really a lot and grow super fast.
I had 5 and they were full grown within a year, not a spot of algae in my tank..
also the siamese will eat your moss just a hint
the scape looks good so far how big is the tank?

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Pre-planning food, now thats innovation!
5 does sound a lot better, my SAE got so big that people started thinking it was more a bala shark than anything else! They are awesome fish though!
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I'd suggest getting 5 siamese, they eat a lot really a lot and grow super fast.
I had 5 and they were full grown within a year, not a spot of algae in my tank..
also the siamese will eat your moss just a hint
the scape looks good so far how big is the tank?
I don't know why I said moss. I meant mold. I must have had a stroke when I was typing this up. This is a 150 gallon.

Anyways, I have a question. Will large Siamese algae eaters disturb my substrate and pull out my dwarf hair grass?
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Maybe not disturb it so much as to uproot no, and your DHG will have rooted by flooding point anyway
150 gallon is huge I'll agree but I'd rather have lower stocking with engourged fish than over stocking with fish bullying for food.
Regardless I'd say do whatever you feel, people will give advice anyway and you'll be able to learn as you go also

P.s I hope this makes sense half dead in the brain today
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How is that light working for you?
I have been looking at that one for awhile. You are the first person I have seen with a 72 inch.
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Been awhile since I updated this. This Beamswork light works very well tims880. It's a lot of slavery planting the grass in a 72" tank. Not sure if I mentioned it, but I got rid of the dirt, because I don't have the patience to clean it out. I'm dosing GLA's fertilizers. Grass is pearling.

I'm waiting for the Neptune COR DC Pump. Once I have it, I'll build a sump and hide all my accessories.



Trying Dwarf Baby Tears. 2nd attempt. The first time, I cleaned off the jelly with tap water and killed it all. A lady at Petco told me that the chlorine in tap water kills DBT.

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Very nice! Would love to see an end to end, or angled, shot of the scape...Great carpet!


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That is some serious CO2 gadget porn going on....
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the close up of the DHG looks good!
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