How to Use Dwarf Hairgrass Seeds in Your Aquarium
Aquatic dwarf hair grass (also called love grass) is a popular choice when it comes to adding plant life to your aquarium. This extremely versatile plant is commonly used to “carpet” areas of tanks and gives off a seaweed-like vibe, making the motion in the aquarium very obvious. Dwarf grass is a staple for anyone trying out the aquatic landscaping hobby.
The aquascaping possibilities are endless with this type of plant. It looks beautiful next to Stone, as well as contrasting perfectly with dark sand or soil.
It’s incredibly easy to grow. So much so that you’ll probably find yourself trimming this quite a bit!
For aquascapers, having a carpet of Dwarf Hairgrass is the crowning jewel in their aquarium. This grass is not only beautiful, but it provides many benefits to your aquatic ecosystem. Not only does it help with nitrate reduction, but it provides cover and spawning sites for fish and shrimp. If you've been thinking about adding this versatile plant to your tank, here's a step-by-step guide on how to use Dwarf Hairgrass seeds in your aquarium.
How to Germinate the Seeds
Each packet with cover 20x20 cm of area. You will need to spread the seeds evenly in a tank without water. Then add sand or mud substrate (so the seeds will not float) ontop of the seeds. Add water so that the substrate is moist. Once the seeds begin to sprout at 1-2 cm above the surface you can gradually add more water.
Step 1: Soak the Seeds
The first step is to soak the seeds in dechlorinated water for 24 hours. This will help to remove any impurities that may be on the surface of the seeds.
Step 2: Fill Your Tank
After the seeds have been soaked, it's time to fill your tank with dechlorinated water. Be sure to leave enough space at the top of the tank for the seeds to float.
Step 3: Add the Seeds
Once your tank is filled, add the seeds carefully so that they are evenly distributed throughout the tank.
It's important to note that Dwarf Hairgrass seeds have a high success rate, so you should see results within 2-3 weeks.
Dwarf Hairgrass can grow quite quickly, so be sure to trim it every few weeks to prevent it from taking over your tank.
To learn more about this plant and how to care for it, check out our complete guide to Dwarf Hairgrass care!
Here are the optimal conditions you'll want to strive for in your aquarium:
- Water Conditions: 70-83° F @ pH 6.5-7.5
- Lighting: Moderate to High
- Nutrients/Ferts: Nutrient-Heavy substrate with Fertilizer dosing
- CO2: Not required, but best for optimal growth see more
While Dwarf Hairgrass grows in a variety of conditions, these are the optimal conditions for the fastest growth & healthiest carpet. If you're looking for the fastest, most healthy growth, it's also important to get a few other things right:
This plant thrives in a nutrient-rich substrate. While it's not critical to its success, you'll have the best results in your tank with a good substrate. (This applies to all sorts of plants, including Dwarf Hairgrass). See my recommended substrate here.
If you're going to have a carpet in your planted tank, especially a Dwarf Hairgrass carpet, you'll probably want to use some sort of CO2 system. Whether that's DIY or pressurized is up to your budget, but I've seen both work quite well for carpets.
Not only is this vital for Dwarf Hairgrass, it's also pretty much a required for healthy planted tanks. Getting as much CO2 and nutrients to the Hairgrass is vital to get that explosive growth for the carpet. As a bonus, this also keeps your carpet (and substrate) clean, as well as hindering algae growth in between the hairgrass.
The key to a great DHG carpet is consistent, even trimming. Left alone, Dwarf Hairgrass grows vertically, not horizontally. That's why it's important to continually trim the plant quite often to stimulate horizontal growth, forcing the growth outwards, not upwards. This is even more true if you're using CO2: Dwarf Hairgrass has explosive growth in CO2 and high light. However, I wouldn't suggest this for beginners; that's also a very easy way to have algae take over your tank.
It's also a good idea to keep a fish net around when you trim this stuff: it gets VERY messy. Get as much of the trimmings out as possible, but what's left will simply rot away, so don't stress about it.
If you're looking for a plant that is both beautiful and beneficial for your aquarium, look no further than Dwarf Hairgrass. This plant is easy to care for and can provide many benefits for your aquatic ecosystem. By following these simple steps, you'll be able to successfully add Dwarf Hairgrass seeds to your aquarium in no time!