If you are fond of fish-keeping hobbies, it is imperative to know things in depth. If you are thinking about having decor in your aquarium, dwarf hairgrass is the best option.
The green lawn under the water provides shelter for the stressed fish and also purifies their environment making their world the best place to live in.
But you may wonder how to carpet dwarf hairgrass? What steps to follow? Don’t worry. Here you will get all the details. You can get the bright, green, and beautiful lawn in your aquatic world by following simple steps.
So, here you go.
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Choosing the Best Suitable Plant
There are three types of plants that can be used underwater-
- Eleocharis parvula.
- Eleocharis acicularis,’Mini’.
- Eleocharis Belem is the smallest one.
The most popular choice is Eleocharis parvula, also known as dwarf spike-rush. It has a faster growth rate and decent height. This type of hairgrass is best suitable for a carpet-like finish underwater.
This carpet provides shelter to stressed fishes. They also provide oxygen and remove nitrates to keep the water clean.
Step-by-Step Guide on How To Carpet Dwarf Hairgrass 2022
Do you know how to plant dwarf hairgrass? There are specific guidelines you need to follow. So here you go:
I. Dividing Hairgrass into Small Patches
If you work with big patches, the plants may not grow fast. But if you divide the patches into a group of 4-6 blades of grass, you can get the result more quickly.
II. Trimming the Roots
It will guide the energy of the plant for faster recovery of roots. This hairgrass spreads through runners, which helps the carpet grow fast.
III. Use Plant Tweezers
For planting any hairgrass in an aquarium, plant tweezers are something you must have in your bag. Using fingers may make your work tidy without proper even proper finishing.
IV. Ensure Proper Spacing
One inch of space is necessary to prevent overcrowding the patches. Overcrowding hinders plant growth.
V. Pushing into the Substrate
Push the patches into the substrate with the help of tweezers. Hold the tweezers at a 45-degree angle to push the patches.
VI. Shaking Makes it Easy
When the patch is ⅓ deep, shake and pull out the tweezers. Shaking helps the substrate to fit itself around the roots of the grass.
Observations after initial Planting
At the very first, Eleocharis parvula starts browning. But don’t worry. These plants are not used to underwater conditions. As a result, more fragile ones fade in the beginning.
So, what should be your next step?
Your next stage is trimming. It helps the plants to grow at a faster rate. The new blades will get used to the new environment. And don’t go brown over time.
Top Secrets Behind Setting up Hairgrass Carpet
Apart from the above steps, following top tricks may help you achieve your results faster.
I. Arrange Proper Lighting
You must be knowing how plants need light to keep themselves alive. But deep down underwater, there is hardly any light that enters. So to keep your carpet green and active, you must maintain proper lighting.
Don’t worry! There is no rocket science behind it. Observe the size of your tank and select the light that best suits it. Observe your tank size. Medium and high-tech lights generally suit best. With these simple steps, you can fulfil dwarf hairgrass light requirements.
II. Fertilizing your Plants
While applying fertilizers to your plants, you need to keep one thing in mind. The essential nutrients they need are nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium.
ADA’s Aqua Soil can be a good option. Also, liquid fertilizers can do well if you apply them in proper doses.
The dwarf plants love to iron. So dosing them some iron can also help them live healthily.
III. Supplying CO2
There is nothing new that CO2 is essential for any plant. Use a CO2 regulator with a solenoid.
You can grow your dwarf hairgrass even without CO2. But the carpet will take much more time to grow.
IV. Trimming is the Key
Suppose you want your dwarf plant to grow faster and remain beautiful. Trim it regularly. Whenever you see your plant growing taller than two inches, trim it to 1.5. It enhances the speed of algae growth.
Generally, Eleocharis parvula does not take much time to grow. But one question must be rolling in your mind, How long does it take dwarf hairgrass to carpet?
While planting new plants, always keep a 1-2 inches gap between them. Once these new ones take roots, it’s a matter of 4 weeks to become carpet. It means that the plants grow to a height of 1-1.5 inches in a week. You can use liquid fertilizers to make the process even faster.
Why Does the Dwarf Hairgrass Carpet Turn White?
If you are new to carpeting plants, you may notice that your dwarf hairgrass is turning white. You may do your level best to keep your carpet green, but still, you may face this problem. Don’t worry. Taking simple precautions may solve this issue.
I. Deficiency of magnesium
There can be many reasons behind your green carpet turning white. But the primary cause can be the deficiency of magnesium. But what is the reason behind this deficiency? Let’s find out.
To prevent algae growth in your aquarium, you may regularly change half of the aquarium water. It removes the essential nutrients daily, leading to deficiency. So to check this, push the nutrient after a water change to balance the nutrient level.
II. Deficiency of CO2
Another reason behind your plant losing chlorophyll is the deficiency of CO2. So always check the CO2 level in your aquarium.
The dwarf hairgrass keeps your aquarium healthy and makes it look beautiful, apart from oxygenating the water and removing the pollutants. It also maintains the essential nutrient levels.
The green lawn under the water is not very sensitive, but it too needs regular maintenance. Use fertilizers, maintain proper lighting, check the level of CO2. And that’s all, your plants and fish will stay healthy.
To avoid mishaps in your aquatic world, you need to take necessary precautions, as they say. “Prevention is better than cure”.
Brian wasn’t just another Civil Engineer. His passion for Aquarium life was unknown to many until he decided to showcase it for the world. It seems like he made the right decision after all!