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Can dwarf hair grass be kept trimmed to resemble a lawn. Must it have soil?

One AQ theme I am doing will involve a partial lawn. I can use green gravel but I'd love to have real grass. My package from Petsmart says to just bury it in the gravel. I read some posts that mention soil. Can you feed it plant fertilizer and just use your gravel? Can you keep it trimmed fairly short to a couple inches?


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DHG only gets to about 4 inches anyway so you can trim it down to an inch and it will be just fine! My DHG did great in my 10 gallon with Liquid Ferts (I used API's LeafZone). They do need medium to high lighting though. Also it's good to seperate the little strip you get from Petsmart into about 3 or 4 little sections and then bury them about an inch to an inch and a half away from each other so they can fill in. Make sure to remove as much gel as you can. And no, you don't necessarily need soil, they did just fine in my gravel :)

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Medium Light at least. Liquid Ferts do fine, but root tabs will help as well. If you want it to spread fast, I suggest either learning about CO2 or getting some Flourish Excel.
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mine spread pretty fast under medium light...
in low light it just stopped growing. lol
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I don't know what is wrong with mine... has light and seachem ferts and just looks retarded...

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I don't know what is wrong with mine... has light and seachem ferts and just looks retarded...
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Are you using Flourish Excel or Flourish Comprehensive?

What is your lighting situation like?
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I will post some when I get home from class. Both actually. hre are some little really green wisps but the majority of it is yellow. I actually took it apart after reading this thread and planted smaller portions of the whole spaced out and trimmed off some of the obviously gone parts. My bulb is a cheap one but it is supposed to be 18000k. I am nervous about making a diy CO2 i guess because I don't understand it :/

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18000K is too high. Pretty sure you only want between 5500 to 10000K. Could be why you are having issues.


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I am nervous about making a diy CO2 i guess because I don't understand it :/
Yeah I had to research DIY CO2 several times and watch videos before I understood what it even was and did haha

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18000K is too high. Pretty sure you only want between 5500 to 10000K. Could be why you are having issues.
It's so hard to tell :/ it was actually doing that before I got the 18000k bulb and just had an average 15 watt florescent, which was part of my motivation to go grab one. The store owner told me that basically nothing would be too high and it would be to my advantage to get the highest possible. I am going to give it some more time, but here is what it looks like after I separated it and cut some off.
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