Hairgrass: (Sc name: Eleocharis parvula)
Overview: Eleocharis parvula, commonly known as Dwarf hairgrass is a farm raised aquatic plant originating from America. It is one of the most commonly used carpeting plants used in aquariums that resembles seaweed like appearance. They are easy to grow and require very little maintenance. Dwarf hairgrass is amphibious in nature and thrives in both partially or fully submerged condition. It works well as a spawning medium as well as a foreground plant.
Appearance: As the name suggests, the Dwarf hairgrass plants are bright green aquatic plants with long grass-like pointed leaves.
Hard or Soft plant: Soft plant
Ideal water temperature: Dwarf hairgrass prefers water temperatures between 21 and 28 degree Celsius.
Lighting conditions: Dwarf hairgrass grows well in moderate lighting of 2 watts per gallon or more from full spectrum intensity, i.e., 5000 to 7000K.
Ideal pH conditions: Dwarf grass plant thrives in pH conditions between 6.5 and 7.5
Functions and advantages:
- Dwarf hairgrass plant renders a sophisticated professional appeal to the beautification of aquariums. They lend a green grass-like carpet appearance to the aquarium making the motion in the aquarium vividly graphic.
- Have a longer shelf life, and can live for few months under optimum conditions, thus offering unmatched freedom to aquarists.
- Dwarf hairgrass provides the ideal environment for spawning fishes to lay their eggs. Bottom feeders and small fishes can forage in it and remove debris accumulated over the time.
Did you know?
Dwarf Hairgrass propagates via runners that branches out from the root area. The cuttings from a full-grown plant can be replanted in the substrate to develop new plants. Dwarf hairgrass grows fast and soon covers the bottom of the aquarium.