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Old 11-05-2005, 12:48 AM   #11 (permalink)
 
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Its all a matter of taste. I like giant hairgrass just fine. You can cut it, or let it grow above water. Won't hurt anything. If the lights are too close it will singe the part above water but will not hurt the plant underwater. It is a great looking plant for a very strong looking verticle line. Look very natural as a clump next to a rock or wood. It is like a reed-rush type of plant. It also does not always grow straight out of the water. Sometimes it will lay across the surface. One warning about this plant. A good amount of light needs to reach all the way to the bottom of the tank, otherwise the straw like leaves will rot near the bottom.
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Old 11-05-2005, 05:53 AM   #12 (permalink)
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THanks Rob, but I already went with the vivipara.. I found 3 bunches at the lfs for $1.75.. LOL
It wasn't doing good, so I talked them into giving it to me practically LOL
GMOP, I'm wondering HOW to prune this stuff..lol I believe it spreads by runners, but the thing has plants growing 3/4 of the way up the stem..lol -I really don't know where to trim the thing!
any ideas?
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Vivipara is the only hairgrass specie to my knowledge where each strand branches into all directions, so it can grow into a tangled ball. It will grow straight up, but it will look like a mess eventually. It is easy to grow though.

I guess you can trim it.
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Trim the parts that branch off of the main leaves when it starts to get too unruly. It will always looks a little unruly, but that is the appeal one usually goes for when using this plant.
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