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ground covering plants?

I've seen tanks that have what appears to be grass on covering the bottom of the tank. i really like the look of it and wanted to know how to set up a tank with that and where to get it. does it go over sand? how does it work?

it would be setting it up in a 55 gallon, and i need to know how to get started.
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I've seen tanks that have what appears to be grass on covering the bottom of the tank. i really like the look of it and wanted to know how to set up a tank with that and where to get it. does it go over sand? how does it work?

it would be setting it up in a 55 gallon, and i need to know how to get started.
Well you can buy about five plants that produce runners and soon they will cover your whole substrate. For example dwarf sag. and dwarf hairgrass.


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yea thats what i want can i have it on sand?

so i just border the tank, or a row in front?
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yea thats what i want can i have it on sand?

so i just border the tank, or a row in front?
I don't see a problem with it in sand, the placement would be on your liking i guess
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Sand is a great substrate for rooting and propagating aquatic plants, as long as it doesn't get compacted.



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If you want a nice grass LAWN thats not too tall and spreads fairly quickly and easily, I suggest Narrow leaf Micro Sword, otherwise known as lilaeopsis mauritius. It grows faster and much easier that regular micro sword and does not need as much light.

Its sold potted. You remove it from the pot and divide it into several little bundles and then space them apart an inch or two. It will soon fill in the gaps to create a lawn.

Dwarf sag can get much taller, 6 to 8 inches. Lilaeopsis is about 3 inches.


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dwarf hairgrass is about the best "lawn" you'll see if a "lawn" like in your yard is what your after. The blade size and texture scale down to an aquarium to make a feel of an actual lawn. Most chain swords, or micro swords, or sag are too thick to look authentic when the lawn is filled out.

This plant comes with its own complications though. It is a magnet for every algae you might encounter in your tank. The blades are so thin, and numerous, they trap algae particles and can easily be infested if your tank isn't up to par. This, and dwarf hairgrass requires more light than more dwarf sags, or microswords. If you have the light and are confident in your lack of algae, I'd say dwarf hairgrass is your friend.

Otherwise, the above statement should be taken to heart and go for the microswords. They are the safer option and will look nice when filled in as well.


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so i guess i will go with dwarf hair grass, how many plants should i get for a 55-75 gallon tank

where is a good place to buy them and how do i use the syphon to clean the sand without sucking up the plants

oh and do i need anything special in a tank for them to grow ive never done live plants
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What's your lighting, and are you dosing CO2?

Unless you've got at least moderate lighting, you may have issues with microsword.

E. tenellus 'narrow' or 'micro' or Marselia minuta may be better choices if your tank is low light/ non-CO2.





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I know I am new but, these questions on plant needs can be answered thru the search function. This is an awesome informative forum with what seems to be awesome mods. My advice is to read read read . There is a lot to learn about light requirements, H2O chemistry, CO2, ferts, substrates, filtration and it is all here you just have to dig. I find while I am digging I learn more than what I am digging for. Good Luck
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I like dwarf hair grass the best too.
Here's some info on some that I bought from Aqua Botanic a few years back.
http://www.mpiaquatics.com/plants/dwarfHairgrass.htm

Here's my 36gal tank at it best.
http://www.mpiaquatics.com/aquariums/36show.htm

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