Eleocharis Parvula - BUNCH
Common Name: Dwarf Hair Thin Grass
Plant Use: Foreground
Difficulty Level: Easy
Light Demand: Low
Co2 Demand: Low
Fertilizer Demand: Low
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Description: Eleocharis parvula, commonly known as Dwarf Hairgrass, is a popular and versatile aquatic plant that is widely recognized for its fine, grass-like appearance and its ability to create lush carpeting in aquariums. This plant belongs to the Cyperaceae family and is native to North America. Its delicate and vibrant green blades make it a favorite among aquascapers and aquarium enthusiasts.
- Scientific Name: Eleocharis parvula
- Family: Cyperaceae
- Origin: North America
- Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate
- Lighting Requirements: Moderate to High
- CO2 Requirement: Low to Medium
- Temperature Range: 68-82°F (20-28°C)
- pH Range: 6.0-7.5
- Propagation: Runners
1. Lighting: Dwarf Hairgrass thrives in moderate to high lighting conditions. Adequate light is essential for promoting horizontal growth and achieving a dense carpet.
2. Substrate: Plant Eleocharis parvula in a nutrient-rich substrate to support its growth. A fine-grained substrate is ideal for facilitating the spread of runners. The plant will form a carpet as it sends out runners and establishes itself.
3. CO2 and Nutrients: While it can adapt to low CO2 levels, supplementing with a low to medium CO2 injection can enhance growth. Regular fertilization with a balanced liquid fertilizer supports its nutrient requirements.
4. Pruning: Trimming the tops of the grass helps maintain a neat appearance and encourages lateral growth. Regular pruning prevents the grass from overshadowing other plants in the aquarium.
5. Water Parameters: Maintain stable water parameters with a temperature range of 68-82°F (20-28°C), a slightly acidic to slightly alkaline pH between 6.0-7.5, and moderate water hardness.
6. Placement: Eleocharis parvula is commonly used in the foreground of aquariums, creating a carpeting effect. Its low and fine texture makes it an excellent choice for achieving a manicured and natural look. Plant it densely for a more impactful carpet.
7. Propagation: Dwarf Hairgrass propagates through runners that extend horizontally. Once established, it sends out runners, and new grass blades will emerge along these runners, gradually filling in the substrate. This makes it an excellent plant for creating expansive carpets in the aquarium.
Eleocharis parvula is a versatile and attractive choice for aquarists looking to enhance the aesthetics of their aquariums. Whether used in nature-inspired aquascapes or to create a vibrant foreground, Dwarf Hairgrass adds a touch of elegance and a sense of natural beauty to freshwater tanks. With proper care and attention to lighting and nutrient levels, it can transform aquariums into stunning underwater landscapes.