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Eleocharis parvula Dwarf (Hairgrass)

I just had to throw out my HC and Sword plants. My guess is that they had an Iron / Potassium deficiency. I have a Fluval Edge with the OEM LED's. The plants were very close to the light but eventually turned yellow and brown. My tank is still cycling and perhaps that's another reason.

So my new plan is to introduce
Dwarf Hair-grass as I want a carpeting plant. I have a a gravel substrate, and dose with flourish. The green machine websitehttp://www.thegreenmachineonline.com...charis-parvula states it needs low to moderate light, and since my Co2 system is on its way ill have that covered.

Are there any suggestions as to planting? I'm wondering how to keep the plants down in the gravel (medium coarse)

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My water sprite's are growing like crazy though.
Just added an LED spotlight 5000k, 1100 lumens (Its 3' above the tank)

Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

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Well for starters I personally wouldn't throw out plants. I always give mine a chance emersed in a separate container. The availability of air helps them out a lot.

Next, many plants seem to be hurting when first planted due to shock and possibly being grown emersed before you get them. They take time to adjust. Dwarf hairgrass will struggle when it is first planted. Mine has all turned brown then re-grown after a while under water.

If you want hairgrass to spread I would break it in little clusters and plant it fairly deep so it doesn't float up. I'm growing mine emersed right now so it can root easily and spread nicely. In just a week I have inch long roots and runners. I don't know how your plants will fare with the gravel being that large. You may want to get some substrate below that, that is made to hold nutrients.

Well you are off to a great start it is a beautiful tank. Hope this helps some.


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Thanks tenzero1!

Great advice, I had the other plants in for about 3 weeks and they got progressively worse and didn't recover, I figured by then they were done.

Im gonna give it a go with Co2 and new plants next week. Ill keep everyone posted.

Thanks again!
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Good luck. Just be patient and keep finding what works for you. If you can find some species you grow well just keep them going until you can move up. Lots of research and planning. This hobby is consuming hahaha Welcome to addiction!


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