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Dwarf sag?

PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2011 5:28 pm
by discusfishies
Why won't my dwarf sag carpet?? All it does is grow up and out, it grows quick and looks healthy and all it's just not carpeting! How do I get it to carpet? My water quality is fine and my lighting is kindof low and I don't dose co2.

Re: Dwarf sag?

PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2011 6:48 pm
by ScottFish
Interesting. I spent the better part of a year trying to establish them in one tank, but the algae (especially the "brown stuff") kept them from growing, or carpeting the tank. As an afterthought, I put them in another tank, and they took off! I mean everywhere! Just like you hoped for (w/o dosing or CO2). I've just recently placed them back in the original tank, and we'll see. From my perspective, two questions that may or may not be helpful: do you have any algae issues that my hinder it's growth, and is the substrate loose enough to allow the runners to poke through?

By the way, I moved this topic to the "General Planted Tank Discussions" section. I thought you might have a better chance getting some feedback from some Planted Tank folk in this location.

Re: Dwarf sag?

PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2011 8:13 pm
by discusfishies
No I dont have alot of algae in the tank at all and my subtrate is pretty loose because it's a mix of black gravel and course black sand. Oh and I've nevr seen it give of a runner :(

Re: Dwarf sag?

PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2011 9:07 pm
by J.B.
How tall is your tank, and what kind of lighting do you have?

Sounds like it's not getting enough light, so it's reaching towards the lights, instead of running along the substrate.

Re: Dwarf sag?

PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2011 10:22 pm
by discusfishies
It's a 50gal and it's xtreamly low light 32 watts to be exact, it the light is an aqueon single tube 48'' fluorescent aquarium light and the light bulb is a full spectrum 8,000k. I've actually decided to take all the plants out (because my aquascape is ugly right now) and put them in my fry tank and in the main I want to do a moss carpet. What is a good moss for making a carpet? I really like the look of flame moss, Xmas moss, and weeping moss :) oh and don't suggest java moss sry :)

Re: Dwarf sag?

PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2011 10:31 pm
by J.B.
Yeah, I think your light is the issue...you'll need more light for the sag to carpet the way you want it to.

I don't have any experience with mosses, so I can't give you any advice there. I'm positive someone else will be along shortly who can help you out.

Re: Dwarf sag?

PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2011 10:50 pm
by discusfishies
K thanks :)

Re: Dwarf sag?

PostPosted: Fri Jun 10, 2011 12:29 am
by freshfish
I also think your substrate is part of it- IME carpeting plants do best in substrates that contain nutrients. I've had them grow dramatically differently in tanks where the substrates changed in areas.

Re: Dwarf sag?

PostPosted: Sun Jun 12, 2011 1:49 pm
by discusfishies
Yea I seen some sand at my lfs that is meant for plants that I'm goint to get it soon I forgot what it's called though

Re: Dwarf sag?

PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2011 10:11 pm
by discusfishies
All it needed is some nutrients by the roots! I buried an aglae wafer by the roots like a week or two ago and today i noticed a little baby plant sprouting next to it!!!!!!!!! Yea! Will one plant be able to cover the bottom of a 50g?

Re: Dwarf sag?

PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2011 11:48 pm
by freshfish
Give it enough time and yes...