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Hairgrass growth - am I being impatient?

In my 20 gallon, I am using hairgrass and chainsword as foreground, as well as a patch of Riccia on a piece of slate (whole thing was purchased from LFS). All are growing well, but it seems that I am not getting a rich carpet like I see in many of the tanks here. It is filling in, but seems to be very slow. The tank has been planted for about 8 weeks now. I am using a Coralife 65W PC and DIY CO2 with a Hagen ladder. Is that normal because my light/CO2 are limiting me? Am I being unreasonable in my expectations?

Are there any tricks to getting the grass to spread faster?

Here is a recent pic. I am going to take a new pic tonight to show my Fluval 204 setup.
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Everything in the world grows in my tank but hairgrass.. I dont know why. I think it requires patience and I have none, so I rip it out after a month. By the way, what substrate is that? Is the camera toning down the orange or is that an acurate color.

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hairgrass stays green and occasionally i will trim it, but as far as new shoots, practically nil...since i've had it (3-4 mos)
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Looks really nice with nice, clear pictures. Your light is good. You are not reporting algae problems. Congrats.

Takes a bit of time to get going and fill in. It seems like nothing happens, but a runner here and there.
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Also the riccia will colonize the hairgrass. then when you go to thin out, you will pull out a large mat of hair grass.

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Mines grows really well. I have high CO2 and strong lighting; I have never, ever trimmed it. That sounds absurd; it is not a front lawn. More green stuff equals more energy for the plant, IMO. "just let the river flow"

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Everything in the world grows in my tank but hairgrass.. I dont know why. I think it requires patience and I have none, so I rip it out after a month. By the way, what substrate is that? Is the camera toning down the orange or is that an acurate color.
The substrate is Red Sea Flora Base. It's brownish tan in colour and fairly light, so it makes a mess when you disturb it. One of the reasons why I don't have any Cory's in this tank.
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Thanks for that link. I guess I should have searched some. I'll try trimming the grass a bit and see what happens.
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you could also replant it with more and thinner clumps, i found that that helps it fill in more too.
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Yes, I've been trying to get in thinner and thinner each week. The problem is that the Flora Base makes it very difficult to plant close together without upheaving other grass clumps since it's so light.
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The only thing you can really do to speed it up is plant it lilke many people plant Glossostigma: break it all up into several more much smaller clumps, tiny clumps, and spread them out across the whole area you want to eventually fill in. You would be basically seeding the foreground area. Eleocharis has very shallow roots and until it becomes well established it will up root very easily. Spreading out these clumps and waiting for it to fill in between will be much fast than having it in a concentrated area.

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