Overview: Commonly known as Dwarf Hair Thin Grass, Elocharis parvula Japanese belongs to the Cyperaceae family. It is a low-growing aquatic plant that grows in small bunches, wherein each bunch stays close to each other. Perfect to use as a foreground plant, it is suitable for small, medium, and large tanks. Since the plant remains small, there is no need to trim it on a regular basis. In fact, it is used as a carpet plant by most aquarists. Even though Elocharis parvula Japanese is not too difficult to maintain, it is not considered ideal for beginners. It can be found on the banks of rivers or free-floating along the edges of lakes and rivers.
Advantages: The tissue culture variant of Elocharis parvula Japanese is developed in in-vitro conditions, making it free from pests and other microorganisms that can create havoc in an already established tank. Therefore, having a tissue culture variant of Elocharis parvula Japanese is the right choice for experts as well as beginners.
Care: Elocharis parvula Japanese is a hardy aquatic plant that can form thick carpets in the tank. It consists of needle-like leaves that are green in color. Rapid growth and durability are the two distinguishing features of Mini Hair Grass. The plant prefers soft to moderately hard water with a water hardness of 2-15 dKH.
Light requirements: Elocharis parvula Japanese requires moderate to high light. While it can tolerate moderate lighting, brighter light helps it grow more vigorously and brings a flashy green color to the needle leaves. Under low-light conditions, the plant will start to etiolate and grow tall enough to work as a carpeting plant.
pH requirement: It thrives in a pH range of 6.0 to 7.5.
Other requirements: Extra nutrients like root tabs, Co2, and liquid plant food will help the plant grow profusely and thrive in the tank.