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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-06-2004, 11:17 PM Thread Starter
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I'm being overrun by Dwarf Sag

I was reading about people creating sections that control certain plants. I'm being taken over by my Dwarf Sag. It's starting to grow through my hairgrass and glosso. Is this a plant that can be controlled, or should I just take it all out like I want to?

And about those sections, what do people use to make them? In my head I picture a 2-3" high flexible strip of clear plastic. What I see at hardware stores is another matter however.
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Just snip the runners off before they root, or like I do on occasion, use lead plant weights to guide them where I want them.

I'm going to set up a new tank this weekend and before I add anything else, I'm going to cultivate a carpet of dwarf sag. Areas where it grows in nature have to be carpeted with the stuff, so I'm digging around for some info on what those areas might look like and what, if any, other plants may correspond.

I've been thinking a lot about that lately actually. I'm looking at all these great aquascapes people are doing, but then I wonder what nature would really give us. I mean can you imagine an area where broadleaf lug grows? It would have to be one big mass of plants with little else.

You could take it further, such a mass would essentially be it's own little ecosystem with certain other fauna that have assumed a symbiotc relationship over time, setting up a tank to reproduce that system would be interesting.

It would also most likely have little aesthetic appeal. Amano would probably turn green and vomit.

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The post by glass-gardens above has it right: Just trim the plants you don't want. And the rest will become more compact with time. I generally let stray runners go 3-5 planlets before I tug them so that I can sell/trade them.

I think I have a ram or two and several shrimp hiding in the 'thicket.' It is a good way of not being seen. (The first rule is don't stand up)
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I have heard of people using plexi-glass or you can use a flexible plastic like a milk jug that you can cut to the size you need and put around the plant to keep it from spreading.

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I like the cut milk jug idea Trenac. Set up a barrier. That is what we do to contain ornamental bamboos.


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With regular maintenance, the dwarf sag shouldn't be a problem. If you are like me and are looking in your tank just about every day, just trim off the runners and either toss them or put them aside to trade. I have dwarf sag in a 10 gallon tank and before I was doing regular maintenance (read: sporadic maintenance), it was overrunning my tank. As it turns out, it isn't like algae that can double in a day, though. Now, if I had a large area of it in a 75 gallon tank, then I'd just worry about the runners that try to escape from their little area.

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Pruning, thinning out plants is all you can really do. They will grow over any sort of barrier

This was my dwarf sag in a 100 gallon tank.

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