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post #11 of 18 (permalink) Old 05-29-2013, 01:58 AM
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I have the dwarf hairgrass, and it is doing amazingly well. Totally carpeting my tank, and the leftovers I planted in two tiny glass cubes are ready to be trimmed for the third time in a month.

Highly recommended, and a great price.
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I got mine from PetSmart and they are snail free and do really well : tubes and bags are both great products. I did QT them in tank water for 2-3 days just to acclimate them and allow the gel to get loosened up to be removed.




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If there is a chance that since that they can die from the shock of being submerged, is there not a way you can acclimate them to submerged conditions?
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If there is a chance that since that they can die from the shock of being submerged, is there not a way you can acclimate them to submerged conditions?
I've never done it personally but this is what my logic is telling me:
  • A small shallow tank/container and anchor the plant down somehow, with rocks or whatever.
  • Over the course of a few days, slowly raise the water level, adding conditioned water to also acclimate it to your water chemistry.
  • I would think over the course of maybe a week, week and a half it would be fully submerged.
  • Then leave for another week to see if it starts to melt or not.

Of course the above method has not been tested but I can surely try it out and see what happens lol

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This thread has convinced us, we'll be trying the little plastic pack of dwarf hairgrass/microsword next time we go to Petco.
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post #16 of 18 (permalink) Old 05-29-2013, 01:53 PM
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I had great luck with just rinsing well, letting sit in a bowl of water for a day (I couldn't get to planting until the next day), then using a chop stick to make small holes and dropping in a "plug" of hairgrass. I put mine about a 1/4 of an inch away from each other.

I frequently see pictures of hairgrass being planted almost stem by stem. I am sure there is some benefit to that method of which I am unaware, but it would drive me batty.

I have noticed that areas that receive less than very direct light are growing slower and are more prone to diatoms (new tank syndrome).

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Good to see that people have had luck with the packages :D
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post #18 of 18 (permalink) Old 05-29-2013, 02:25 PM
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I got the dwarf hair grass and the pink leaves one. Pink leaves were great! But the grass was beyond difficult to work with so I gave up on it. Pink leaves are doing great however. I do believe they are the bottom two in your pic.
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