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post #11 of 19 (permalink) Old 07-03-2013, 12:33 AM
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does gravel work for a substrate?

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I have sand substrate by the way. :3 Forgot to mention.

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What I find funny is that Petco sells this as a plant for your betta and says to plop in in their bowl....when a majority of people probably don't have medium/high light, substrate, nutrients/co2. Well played corporate jerks. Will die on most people who buy it.
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Definitely agree on the substarte and at least medium light, but I also have hairgrass growing in two pint size glass containers on my window sill. Zero water movement, zero fertilizers, just natural light. But it is sunny here.
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you guys have BIG tanks....
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post #16 of 19 (permalink) Old 07-10-2013, 10:49 AM
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I have DHG in two planted tanks that I'm still in the process of setting up. It's pretty hearty and has survived well with cruddy stock/ambient lighting, even grown a little bit, but since the Finnex FugeRays I have on order have been out of stock (for my tank sizes), I haven't had enough light to make them flourish.

I doubt you're going to kill it, though; heck, when some pieces drift loose they live just floating around on the surface until I pluck them out of replant them. XD
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No one's answered my question, does gravel work for a substrate?

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post #18 of 19 (permalink) Old 07-10-2013, 12:59 PM
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Not well, in the best of cases. DHG needs to send runners out, needs to be planted in small bunches of two or three blades, and is a heavy root feeder. All things that gravel doesn't do well with.
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Aguacrazed...how do you keep your sand so white? Do you have any MTS to airate the airpockets or do you poke it or turn it? Mine has turn a dull beige even though I vacume but I usually dont turn it because I have MTS and I usually end up uprooting the plants if I mess with it too much.

PS I too have DHG, it was exteamly difficult to plant and tends to float up to the surface if messed with. So far it is still green but has not really grown much. I have sand substrate also and no co2 added. Lighting is approximately 2 watts per gallon but it is also a shallow tank, approx 9 Iinches from bulb to substrate.

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