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View Poll Results: Which will work better for my system?
Micro sword (Lilaeopsis brasiliensis) 4 36.36%
Dwarf Hair Grass 5 45.45%
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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-02-2014, 09:11 PM Thread Starter
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Forgive me: Micro sword vs dwarf hair grass

I searched and haven't really found a good answer.

I've got gravel substrate with eco-complete underneath it. Also have root tabs. My tank is a 60 gallon and as best as I can calculate, the PAR at substrate level is medium-high.
Micro sword (it would be Lilaeopsis brasiliensis) seems to have a little more "texture" than the very soft looking dwarf hair grass. But will it fill in as a carpet and can you keep it short?
FWIW, I've never seen either of these two in person so I'm having to go by pictures. Perhaps dwarf hair grass has plenty of texture?

So, if I want to have a grass carpet, which would grow better with my setup?

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Lileaeopsis can be a slow grower. If you plan to get a lot of it initially, I think youll be able to deal with its slow growth. Hairgrass grows a little quicker.
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My hairgrass is growing so slow, planted it over a month ago and I've seen maybe a few runners
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Which would you say is a little more beginner carpet friendly and will deal with the gravel better?
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Which would you say is a little more beginner carpet friendly and will deal with the gravel better?
Hi Sammie1,

How about Helanthium tenellum (previously Echinodorus tenellus), AKA Pygmy Chain Sword. Easy to grow, grass-like appearance, spreads slowly by runners, and it does not require CO2. Not likely to be found in a pet / aquarium shop but if you put up a WTB it is likely a TPT member has some.

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I have an 80 gallon, Excel, eco-complete, med-high light and have echinodorus tenellus and it's doing great, lots of runners after 2 months. Wonder if this is the same as above post as it is also called pygmy chain sword. I got mine at Live Aquaria.
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Hi Sammie1,

How about Helanthium tenellum (previously Echinodorus tenellus), AKA Pygmy Chain Sword. Easy to grow, grass-like appearance, spreads slowly by runners, and it does not require CO2. Not likely to be found in a pet / aquarium shop but if you put up a WTB it is likely a TPT member has some.

10 gallon, no CO2, 2X10 watt screw-in CFL

Hey Roy, I've been wanting to ask. Can you list the plants you have in this tank. I'd appreciate it. I'm sure others would too.


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I have Lilaeopsis brasiliensis and this stuff almost took over the whole tank. It grew like a weed on root tabs. Very easy and once it get going you will have runners all over.
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Hey Roy, I've been wanting to ask. Can you list the plants you have in this tank. I'd appreciate it. I'm sure others would too.
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Hi Tyrone,

Sure:
Left to right rear: Limnophila sp 'Wavy', Pogostemon erectus; Barclaya longifolia; Cuphea anagalloidea (barely visible); Rotala 'Vietnam'; Eleocharis parvula; Nymphoides sp. 'Taiwan'

Left to right mid / foreground: Blyxa japonica (small); Pogostemon helferi; Pogostemon erectus; Helanthium tenellum (previously Echinodorus tenellus); Cryptocoryne wendtii Bronze

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I always go with DHG. Great carpet pkant that's easy to grow and is low maintenance. If u want to go micro sword route look into lilaeposis nova sp instead. U can check out my journal for a few dhg carpets


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