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Hi everyone i recently came here from Fishlore to ask a few questions about aquascaping since i think this is a more appropriate forum for this kind of topic.

I recently bought a hoodless 29gallon aqueon tank however i'm not planning to set it up until September(because once September arrives i will renew the lease contract) so i'm planning to start working on carpeting the tank with dwarf hair grass, to be honest i'm quite the rookie when it comes to planted tanks and i wanted to hear some suggestions on like where can i get dwarf hair grass seeds cheap, best products to enhance carpet growth, best substrate for the tank, the right aquascaping tools and a good led hood for this dimension 30"L x 13"W x 18"H.

I really adore my blue moscow guppies and i believe that the best way to care for them is delivering the most natural environment possible to promote good health and growth therefore my decision on planting a tank :smile2:. I would really appreciate any feedback or suggestions on this matter Thank you very much!
 

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I can't say that I've ever seen dwarf hairgrass seed for sale. Typically you buy a bunch in say a pot, then desperate it and plant each individual root. Just make sure to have even coverage. From there each root system will send out runners and it will fill in. You have lots of time. Read the sticky's in this forum. Do all of the research you can. Most importantly come up with a plan and have a backup plan for all of the parts of that plan. Remember that you aren't just making something that looks nice, you are creating a life support system for the livestock that you plan (there's that word again) to keep. Best of luck!
 

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+1 on read the stickies

But yep, when you buy plants from the store, they come in pots. Take the plant out of the pot and plant them in your substrate, easy as that!

Notes on "carpeting" a tank:
1)You will need a light source (so light from a window or a common table lamp won't cut it)
2)Co2 is usually recommended/maybe required
3)Fertilizers also recommender/maybe required (Macro+Micro nutrients)

You're new to the hobby but I do warn you...it gets addicting. Good luck!
 

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Might want to exercise a bit of caution about un-'potting' some potted plants. Cryptocorynes esp. need to adjust to their new water chemistry and light levels, some will immediately go into melt mode and will need to be nursed back. Leave them in their pots for a couple weeks to see how they like their new tank's light levels and water parameters.
 
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