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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 12-21-2003, 11:24 PM Thread Starter
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I might be getting alot of star grass and was wondering if it grows good without any co2 or ferts with very low lights. Standered stock for lights. Well it grow in sand? The tank i am going to put it in has sand. Anyways thanx
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It grows well with water and light, it grows very well with water, light and some nutrients. You are going to curse it and throw it out if you give it water, light, nutrients, and CO2. Stargrass is a weed and a half.

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Well i want something for a foreground that looks good. It is just going to have water and 20 watts of light, in a 29 gallon. lol
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can it form a carpet?

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I hope. That is what i want it for. lol
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You will have to stand over the tank 24-7 with scissors to use stargrass as a foreground. It gets very tall and my lighting is not that strong in the tank...in low light situations I can see this stuff getting spindly stems but still tall I would imagine. It dont hurt to try though, whats the worst that can happen? You just remove it if it dont grow the way you like it.

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Well i want something for a foreground that looks good. It is just going to have water and 20 watts of light, in a 29 gallon. lol
Are you thinking of pearlgrass, which can form a carpet? Well one of the two can. Stargrass, Heteranthera zosterfolia, really doesn't work as a carpet plant, it grows too tall too fast. Pearlgrass, Hemianthus micranthemoides, can work as a carpet plant, it will spread out laterally. Baby Tears, Micranthemum umbrosum, is usually used as a bushy plant in the midground of aquascapes because it tends to grow upward.

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Cool plants. In my 29 i have a little forest of fake plants in the back corner with some daughter plants of my java fern in the front and i could take the fake plants out and put the star grass there instead. IT woudl be nice, plus i am going to try to have 1 male and 2 female cockatoo cichlids with 5 panda corys so the fry could hide in there. lol Anyways thanx for the info!
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sorry lol
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It needs moderate to very bright light, and really has to have C02. It grows and spreads quickly and easily under good conditions, but disintergrates quickly under bad conditions, (low light, no C02)

It grows tall. It is NOT a foreground plant. It needs nitrate to do well too.

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Tou stated low light. What will happen in a low light tank is the bottem leaves will become black and die. I do not suggest this plant for that tank.
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ok, well some people are telling me it will grow fine, and others say it will die? Which one? I guess i will just have to wait and see.
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Here is a great article for you to read on it
http://www.aquarticles.com/articles/...Stargrass.html
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