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Does Dwarf Hairgrass grow in strong current?

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Hi,

I'm getting ready to re-scape my 10 g. I have a bunch of Dwarf Hairgrass that's been in there for about a month that I'm going to divide up and plant to encourage it to form a carpet. I was thinking that I could put it under the filter, as it seems like the shorter hairgrass will be less bothered by the strong current than taller plants would be. It would also not impede the flow as other plants might.

This being said, I have a hang-on-the-back type filter rated for 5-20 gallons, and it creates quite a good amount of current. I was wondering if anyone knew how dhg reacts to high current. Will it have trouble getting started? Will the constant motion weaken its roots? I haven't been able to find any information in regards to these questions, so any advice would be helpful!
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Thanks for the responses!

I decided to go ahead and try it, since, as seds said, the only way to find out is to try! The plant tag says I have E. acicularis.

When I dug up the clump, I was happy to find that it had sent out several runners on both sides, which gives me hope for its hardiness, considering that it has some algae problems, and I'd never taken it out of the rockwool!

With mistergreen's comment, it looks like it should do fine (as long as my fish leaves it alone long enough for it to get established!)

The tank is still a work in progress, I hope to add more plants (green ones) soon!

 

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not sure how well it will do in plain gravel though. I don't remember it doing so well in gravel.
Yeah, I know the substrate isn't the best, but I'm converting an existing tank to planted. There is laterite mixed in there, you just can't see it, and I did put some root tabs down, so I hope it will do okay. It did grow the runners in this substrate, which I take to be a good sign.

By the way, how do you avoid root tabs making your water cloudy? The ones I'm using seem to dissolve really fast, almost before you can get everything situated. I'm using API brand.
 
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