Dwarf Hairgrass-Eleocharis parvula

Dwarf Hairgrass-Eleocharis parvula

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Dwarf Hairgrass - Eleocharis parvula

Transform your aquarium into a lush, green underwater meadow with Dwarf Hairgrass (Eleocharis parvula). This popular aquatic plant is prized for its fine, grass-like appearance and ability to create a stunning carpet effect. Ideal for both beginner and experienced aquarists, Dwarf Hairgrass is a versatile addition to any freshwater tank.

Key Features:

1. Carpet Formation: Dwarf Hairgrass is renowned for its ability to form dense, low-growing carpets that cover the substrate. This creates a natural, grassy look that enhances the visual appeal of your aquarium and provides a natural habitat for small fish and invertebrates.

2. Fine, Grass-like Leaves: The plant features thin, delicate leaves that sway gently in the water, mimicking the appearance of a terrestrial lawn. Its bright green color adds vibrancy and a sense of freshness to your aquascape.

3. Easy to Maintain: Despite its delicate appearance, Dwarf Hairgrass is relatively easy to care for. It thrives in a range of water conditions and requires minimal maintenance, making it a great choice for aquarists of all skill levels.

4. Rapid Growth: Under optimal conditions, Dwarf Hairgrass spreads quickly through runners, forming a thick, uniform carpet. This rapid growth helps prevent algae growth by outcompeting it for nutrients.

5. Versatile Planting Options: Dwarf Hairgrass can be used in various aquascaping styles, including Iwagumi and nature aquariums. It works well in both the foreground and midground, creating a seamless transition between different plant heights.

Care Instructions:

  • Lighting: Moderate to high lighting is essential for healthy growth and a dense carpet formation. Intense light encourages faster spreading and vibrant color.
  • Water Parameters: Ideal water temperatures range from 68-82°F (20-28°C) with a pH of 6.5-7.5. Dwarf Hairgrass can adapt to various water hardness levels.
  • Substrate: A nutrient-rich substrate is recommended to support vigorous growth. Fine-grained substrates like aquarium soil or sand work best.
  • Fertilization: Regular fertilization with liquid fertilizers and root tabs enhances growth and ensures a healthy, lush carpet. CO2 supplementation is beneficial but not mandatory.
  • Propagation: Propagation is straightforward through runners. Simply trim and replant the runners to expand the carpet or start new patches.

Maximum Size: Dwarf Hairgrass typically grows up to 4 inches (10 cm) tall, maintaining a low profile that is perfect for creating foreground carpets.

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