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I cannot get my hairgrass to carpet I've had the tank set up since February running C02 and high light, heavy ferts, any ideas?
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The lights dont seem to even be directly above some of the hairgrass, that may be the issue. Do you have a full spectrum LED light?
 

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That doesn't look like high light. Floating plants blocking it maybe? Or just not on full when the pic was taken?
 

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Like others have said, I think lighting is the issue. Can you physically lower the light source? It just doesn't seem to be reaching the bottom.
 
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It is a fluval plant 3.0 meant for 40-55 gallons I have it on the minimum 40 gallon, I have the lights slightly dimmed bc when I full blast them it causes algae to bloom

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What soil? Using root tabs?
Fluval Strarum capped with sand and yes plenty of root tabs

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Like others have said, I think lighting is the issue. Can you physically lower the light source? It just doesn't seem to be reaching the bottom.
It is on the rim, I have quite a bit of floaters that probably block a lot of the light the only way I could get in a position to be closer to allowing more light is by moving to the front of the tank where i have no floaters

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The lights dont seem to even be directly above some of the hairgrass, that may be the issue. Do you have a full spectrum LED light?
Yes it is a full spectrum Fluval Plant 3.0

As a reference this was the lights intensity before the floaters took over
 

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Update: did the tubing method you guys suggested and have them over my low light plants, noticing a bit of hair algae growth now, should I try increasing C02 injection or decreasing light intensity? Tank light is dim as could be for 4 hours of the day (2 in morning, 2 at night) and on full for 7 hours, I keep the white lights at 50% during the day because I have read white lights are for us not for the plants, but I keep the red light at 100% and blue at 50%
 
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My light was covered in hard water build up from my well water, wiped it away and that mixed with less floaters has made a dramatic improvement
 

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