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#1 brand09

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 09:22 PM

Everytime I plant it the hair grass dies why

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 12:07 AM

It is a high light plant and requires substrate that it can easily be rooted in.

What size tank, what wattage and spectrum of light are you using and what substrate? Do you dose with ferts?

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 04:18 AM

Im using the plant bulb light do I'm not sure both tanks are 55g and one has the playsand and the other is the black sand you can get at petco yes I did

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 04:32 AM

I've had the same problem, with a soil under gravel substrate. At first it wasn't staying rooted, probably because I have cories in the tank, but even the grass that has stayed rooted is also not growing or spreading. Probably not enough light in my case. Didn't know it needed high light. Sigh.

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 02:47 PM

Im using the plant bulb light do I'm not sure both tanks are 55g and one has the playsand and the other is the black sand you can get at petco yes I did

is it florescent? how many watts, and how many K (kelvin)? it should say on the bulb. it should be 5000K-10000K to be useful to plants.

that is worthless substrate (as far as plants are concerned). a good carpet needs good nutrients. my e. belem (belem hairgrass, its the same genus, so similar requirements) grew magnificently in ADA aquasoil amazonia, and even better in a mixture that was 1/2 ADA aquasoil and 1/2 eco-complete with a thin base of MTS.
root tabs should keep it alive, but it wont show fast carpeting without a proper substrate.

what ppm is your CO2?

what fertz do you dose? how much?


you didnt give me much to go on...

if you want a super-easy carpet, do moss.

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 05:49 PM

I have a coralife light would that help any

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 07:04 PM

coralife is just a brand, they make lights in many watts and spectrums. Do you still have the box? If you look on the bulb (when it is off) it may have this information written on it.




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