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Eleocharis parvula (Normal Hair Grass)

  • Temperature : 70° – 83° F (21° – 28° C)
  • pH :  6.5 – 8.5
  • Lighting : Moderate to high
  • Origin : Lab-grown tissue culture, but indigenous to North America
  • Aquarium placement : Mid-Ground
  • Care : Easy

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Eleocharis parvula (Normal Hair Grass) is a popular freshwater aquarium foreground or midground plant. Most aquariums can be quickly “carpeted” with this hardy, fast-growing plant. It is shorter than the majority of other hairgrass species. This Hairgrass variety requires moderate to high lighting. Unless more horizontal growth is desired, it does not require frequent pruning. If used as an aquarium carpet, it should be trimmed weekly to promote horizontal growth. In a nutrient-rich substrate, it will grow very quickly. It will benefit from CO2 supplementation as well, but it is not required. Hairgrass, like most plants, will benefit from supplements such as Seachem Flourish, Flourish Excel, nitrogen, and other plant nutrients.

A low-growing Eleocharis with runners that form close to the parent plant. It looks best planted in small bunches close together, which will eventually form a solid mass of plants. A great foreground plant that works well in both large and small aquariums.

Eleocharis Parvula Mini, also known as Dwarf Hair Grass is a common foreground plant that resembles a backyard lawn of grass. This plant is the epitome of underwater lawns, with thin stalks growing vertically from roots that spread horizontally by sending runners. Although high lighting and CO2 injection are not required to grow Dwarf Hair Grass, they are highly recommended if you want it to grow in lush and quickly. The distinction is undeniable. Simply cut larger mats into small pieces and plant each one an inch or so apart halfway into the substrate. Once established, regular trimming will be required because the plant grows quickly once it sends out runners.

Dwarf Hairgrass is a freshwater aquatic plant species in the Cyperaceae family. It is well-known for its exceptional carpeting ability and physical resemblance to terrestrial lawn grass. Dwarf Hairgrass has three species that are all very similar in nature. All three species are widely available in the aquarium trade and have grown in popularity. These are Eleocharis Parvula, Eleocharis acicularis ‘Mini,’ and Eleocharis Belem, the smallest of all. Nonetheless, the Eleocharis Parvula species is the most common in the industry. Overall, aquatic carpeting grasses are known for being finicky growers who require a lot of care. E. Parvula, on the other hand, grows faster, is larger in size, and is more beginner-friendly than the other two species.

Eleocharis parvula grows how fast?
Eleocharis parvula (commonly known as hair grass / hairgrass) is a highly adaptable and useful plant. It can be used alone to create a grassy carpet: a very dense lawn-like effect can be achieved in 6 – 8 weeks from planting.

Eleocharis acicularis is a dwarf hairgrass.
Fine grassy leaves are produced by the plant.

Can hair grass grow in the absence of CO2?
You should be able to grow dwarf hair grass carpet (DHG), Monte carlo (MC), Microsword (Lileopsis species), and Marsilea species without injecting CO2 if you follow the instructions above. Glossostigma may necessitate more illumination.

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Light Requirement

Bright

Plant Difficulty

Easy

Plant Type

Runners

Packing

Pot

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