Eleocharis vivipara - Hairgrass

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Here's a summary of parameters for Eleocharis vivipara:

  • Scientific Name: Eleocharis vivipara
  • Water Temperature: 68-82°F (20-28°C)
  • pH Level: 6.0-7.5
  • Water Hardness: Soft to moderately hard (2-15 dGH)
  • Lighting: Moderate to high lighting levels are preferred for Eleocharis vivipara. Provide at least 8-10 hours of light per day, preferably with full spectrum LED lighting.
  • CO2 Requirement: While not strictly necessary, CO2 supplementation can promote healthier growth and faster propagation, especially in higher light setups.
  • Substrate: A nutrient-rich substrate is beneficial. Use a high-quality planted aquarium substrate or add root tabs to provide essential nutrients. Eleocharis vivipara has a root system that can spread and anchor itself in the substrate.
  • Propagation: Eleocharis vivipara propagates through runners and by seed. Allow the plant to produce runners, then separate and replant them to encourage a lush carpet. It can also produce seeds that can be collected and sown in the substrate.
  • Care Level: Moderate. Eleocharis vivipara requires regular trimming to maintain its carpeting appearance and prevent it from overshadowing other plants. Trim any excess growth to promote denser and healthier growth.
  • Special Considerations: This plant is known for its tall, grass-like appearance and can grow quite tall in aquariums. It is often used as a background or midground plant. Eleocharis vivipara prefers stable water conditions and can adapt to a range of lighting levels, but higher light will encourage more compact growth. It can be sensitive to sudden changes in water parameters, so it's important to acclimate it slowly to new conditions. Regular fertilization with a comprehensive liquid fertilizer containing micronutrients is recommended to support its growth.

By maintaining these parameters and providing proper care, Eleocharis vivipara can create a beautiful and natural look in your aquarium, adding a lush and vibrant background or midground to your aquascape.

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