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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-01-2004, 11:30 AM Thread Starter
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I'm just started planting my first planted tank last week and need some info. I saw some planted tank pictures that have very nice dwarf hairgrass carpeting the foregrounds. How do I make those nice carpet ? I mean, how many should I buy? Do they just grow and spread evenly or there is a trick to it? So far, I have all my other plants growing healthy except the hairgrass. When I bought them, they came with pots. I removed the plastic pots but had problem removing the sponge (the roots would came out). So I planted the whole the root with the sponge all together. Would this effect the growth? I still see a little brown grass here and there. All my other plants are just thriving and show beautiful green and red colors (a lot of difference compared to when I just got them) except the hairgrass. I hope they're just slow growers and not dying.
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Definitely get the sponge stuff off the plants...I think they cannot spread out any roots or runners. Hairgrass carpets the best with a sand substrate, but you should be just fine with normal just may not look quite as dense for a longer period of time. I have issues with my hairgrass clumps floating up after a short time...slow rooting, and too many bottom feeders I guess.
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I also suggest planting these in a checker board pattern a few @ a time.

The X equals a few plants

x x x x x x x x
x x x x x x x
x x x x x x x x
x x x x x x x
x x x x x x x

this will make it easier for the plants to fill in.
This plant does great with a fine substrate an plety of light and nutrients.
I have sucessfully grown in in the pots in 60 deg water with no substrates as well
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I'm using sand substrate in that tank. Which plant would spread out easily to make a nice green carpet?
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