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i say a picture on aquariumdesigngroup.com with a very fine thick grass at the bottom... does anyone know that this is called.. all the local LFS around my area have crap rotten plants ive been everyware.. if i can get the name maybe i could order some from the internet.. i have sand substrate but i might mix a bag or 2 of laterite into it if i need something to add to it.

any help on other mosses etc which i can tie to wood i want to let the base of the tank cover completly...

what do you guys do about poo's on the bottom. do they sink into the root area under the leaves and get turned into soil? or will i still need to remove them..

any help would be appriciated..
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Elocharis acicularis or Dwarf Hairgrass.

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Dwarf hairgrass usually comes potted.
Upon arrival to our shop they tend to have some brown tips. After a week or so in our tanks they look wonderfull.
The plant like med to high lighting. Co2 is not needed
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I also find that dwarf hairgrass doesn't do so well in florite...it's too coarse...the roots don't penetrate as the plant grows, so the new plants end up floating mostly. finer gravel, or sand, is better.
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Hmm, they did fine in my tank when it had Flourite. Overtook and suffocated my glosso lawn!
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Worked good in my Eco-Complete mixed with black sand.


As for POTTED Hair grass, this is the worst idea ever, IMHO. Almost impossible to remove the grass & roots from the rock wool without tearing them to shreds.
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Actually for growing them out they do quite well in potts.
I have gotten from the nursery potted and no potted and when it comes non potted the plants are junk.
I do agree though they should be removed prior to planting if you want them to spread quickly. You do not have to remove all of the rockwool though just what you can safely
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The non-potted stuff has to be 'de-bunched' ASAP otherwise the stuff in the middle of the bunch is suffocated. I got some E. parvulis recently, opended the bunches up and floated it until I was ready to plant it. This worked great. It doubled in mass while I was getting the new tank set up. The only draw back was it grew some aerial leaves that died back after planting, but the roots were stong and the plants were quickly spreading.

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