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post #1 of 8 Old 12-10-2009, 09:38 PM Thread Starter
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Cryptocoryne Parva ???

Is anyone growing Parva??




I'm looking at it as a foreground 'carpet' plant since it seems to be less light demanding than some of the other low growing plants.

I'm running about 2.5 watts/gallon in 55 gallon that's 18" deep, 6500K Coralife fixture 135w. eco-complete substrate with coconut mat 3" deep and dosing Flourish, Flourish Iron, Flourish potassium and Excel weekly after 25% water changes.

I think it will grow, but I'd like to know how others are growing it as well.


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post #2 of 8 Old 12-10-2009, 10:10 PM
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that looks interesting. I looked it up. Found this link -> Cryptocoryne parva

Looks great, and a great idea. I see some drawbacks with the high light req. and slow growth though...
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that looks interesting. I looked it up. Found this link -> Cryptocoryne parva

Looks great, and a great idea. I see some drawbacks with the high light req. and slow growth though...

I was a little put-off by the slow growth/ high light some talk about too, but after reading 15 or 20 different descriptions more than half say it will do well in medium light (2+ watts/gallon). Besides, who wants to 'mow the lawn' every week. Slow growth in a ground cover is a benefit in my mind.

I'm hoping someone who grows it can chime-in and share some real-world results.


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What water do you have soft or hard?
What worked the best for me for a well covering and fairly quick growing "carpet" was Hairgrass, it also gives the tank a neat "lawn" look.
The Parva grows to about 5" which would be to tall for my personal taste as foreground cover.

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What water do you have soft or hard?
What worked the best for me for a well covering and fairly quick growing "carpet" was Hairgrass, it also gives the tank a neat "lawn" look.
The Parva grows to about 5" which would be to tall for my personal taste as foreground cover.

My PH is 7.8 and Kh is 6. So I'm slightly Alkali or soft.
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post #6 of 8 Old 12-11-2009, 03:25 PM
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That would work for Hairgrass to grow well, here's a pic of what it looks like Dwarf Hairgrass (Eleocharis acicularis) pot

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Very pretty plant, looks great as a transition from the stem plants to a lower-lying foreground plant. Any sort of snails will totally mow it down unfortunately, I am trying to coax mine back to life after nuking all my MTS. It grows alright in medium light.
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post #8 of 8 Old 12-11-2009, 07:09 PM
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I dunno, Parva looks like a really good one, a few acres would be beautiful. Just buy a million of them and plant a carpet then don't worry about slow growth ^-^
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