11-29-2010, 12:48 AM
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Originally Posted by Mikaila31
I just stated what I know and what experience has taught me about Eleocharis parvulus and carpeting it. It needs at least moderate light IMO and is not the easiest plant to carpet. If you just want to grow the stuff then yes less light will work. If your talking of forming those think dense carpets you often see the plant in then you need higher lighting then normal. Less light the plant will grow more scattered and longer. More light the plant will grow denser and shorter. Also be aware when you buy this plant that it is almost always grown emeresed not submeresed. When planted in the aquarium it will lose all of its original leaves and hopefully grow new ones. Don't expect it to do any speed growing till it establishes itself. I've grown the plant before and as a stated I find it a PITA. Could be the way I run my tanks though, it couldn't compete with my other plants.
By the way, I did not mean any disrespect. I hope I did not come across that way.
I was just saying that I had read a few things that said it was a low requirement plant, but I certainly value real personal experience with it over databases online. I appreciate your input, I was considering dawarfgrass but now I may look for something that is less of a risk.