Originally Posted by Buck
How deep do you think you can you tweeze this stuff before effecting the plant ?
How deep did you start yours and what would you do different if you were to start again ?
You can push hairgrass down pretty far, as the runners travel beneath the substrate. It's first move will not be to send out runners, but to send up new shoots. It then begin sending runners. Soon, you'll see little green threads popping up in the proximity of the parent blades.
I planted mine just below the substrate. I didn't have any snails, cories, angelfish
, etc yanking at it, so there wasn't the need to secure it. My first time planting hairgrass I did two things that I would now do differently.
1. If primary growth starts to die off (usually because it was grown emersed), cut it down to .5-1 inch high. Dead grass is an ideal target for algae, and you don't want it to choke out the new growth.
2. Be patient. If algae does make it's move, don't try to remove it. Either cut the blades or wait it out. In my case it was staghorn that attacked the dead grass. After a couple weeks the algae ran its course, died, softened, and could be easily plucked off the grass without uprooting.
Thanks for the compliments, and good luck with those angels