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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-28-2006, 04:18 PM Thread Starter
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Pygmy Hairgrass experiences & opinons?

I bought a tuft of Pygmy hairgrass on Sunday from Ocean Aquarium in SF.
I'm thinking of replacing most of my Riccia rocks with it.


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Personaly, I say keep the riccia. I have HG and its been a pain in the bu**. Mabey its just my tanks... but of the three tanks that have it, one tank has it growing WAY up tall so that I have to prune it constantly (foreground plant my rear). The other has it growing out and filling in the way its supposed to... more or less. And finaly... my 55, it wont stay planted at all. LOL I think my rainbows belive themselves to be herbavores...
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i've had some for a few months now, it's beautiful, but slow growing....
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one tank has it growing WAY up tall so that I have to prune it constantly (foreground plant my rear).
GSL - You sure that's not eleocharis acicularis? e. acicularis grows 8-10" tall while e. parvula (what Matthew has) stays around 2-3".

I have e. parvula in a Walstad-style natural tank, no added CO2. My experience is more in line leemac's - healthy growth but not so vigorous it's annoying. I have guppies and shrimp and they don't pull it up like GSL's rainbows. Suppose it depends on your livestock.


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I have some in my 40 gal and replanted some into the 8gal. I have Flourite in the 40 and the grass does not grow too fast. But will eventually fill the areas I want it in. It does not get dislodged from the substrate even when the large flying fox gets its nose into it looking for tidbits of munchies.

In the 8 gal it is growing slow but constantly spreading in some Eco-Complete. No dislodging from the substrate.

As for lighting I have approx. 2.5 wpg in the 40 ( 4x25 ZooMed Flourecents) and the 8 gal I have a 2X13w AHSupply system. The 40 has a pressurized CO2 and the 8 DIY CO2.


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THanks everyone. I got rid of most of the Riccia and plante a little more Hairgrass.
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I'm starting to question the accuracy of any plant label now days. I bought a pot of E acicularis which still had the Florida Aquatic Nursuries tag in it. I've had it planted in a 6g tank (2x13w PC, Excel) for over two months now and it hasn't grown taller than 3". I was really worried about it, too, since I only realized that I bought the wrong sp. after I had it all planted.

When I planted it in Dec...


What it looks like now...

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Hey Bill That growth looks ideal for me. sorry if your looking for more. If you want to get rid of it keep me in mind. Love the tank too very cool. By the way that female endlers of mine is looking pretty swollen again.
I just got rid of the last of my Riccia as I found my brand new Pitbull Otocinclus caught in the hair net. I had to cut him out he looks ok. I am glad I started looking for him.
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That is a very very nice looking picture Bill! Ever thought of making a book called 'Bills Nature Aquarium World' ?

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I'm starting to question the accuracy of any plant label now days. I bought a pot of E acicularis which still had the Florida Aquatic Nursuries tag in it. I've had it planted in a 6g tank (2x13w PC, Excel) for over two months now and it hasn't grown taller than 3". I was really worried about it, too, since I only realized that I bought the wrong sp. after I had it all planted.

When I planted it in Dec...


What it looks like now...
Same thing happened to me with the same exact nursery.

Looks like you need some more Nitrates in that tank!

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