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Aquarium Dwarf Grass Seeds to Grow Live Aquatic Plants (Eleocharis Parvula)

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Description

Aquatic Hair grass, or Eleocharis Parvula as it is scientifically known, is a popular choice when it comes to adding plant life to your aquarium. This extremely versatile plant is commonly used to “carpet” areas of tanks and gives off a seaweed-like vibe, making the motion in the aquarium very obvious.

The aquascaping possibilities are endless with this type of plant. It looks beautiful next to Stone, as well as contrasting perfectly with dark sand or soil.

It’s incredibly easy to grow. So much so that you’ll probably find yourself trimming this quite a bit!

How to Germinate the Seeds

Each packet with cover 20×20 cm of area. You will need to spread the seeds evenly in a tank without water. Then add sand or mud substrate (so the seeds will not float) ontop of the seeds. Add water so that the substrate is moist. Once the seeds begin to sprout at 1-2 cm above the surface you can gradually add more water.

Step 1: Optimal Conditions

Here are the optimal conditions you’ll want to strive for in your aquarium:

While Dwarf Hairgrass grows in a variety of conditions, these are the optimal conditions for the fastest growth & healthiest carpet. If you’re looking for the fastest, most healthy growth, it’s also important to get a few other things right:

Substrate
This plant thrives in a nutrient-rich substrate. While it’s not critical to its success, you’ll have the best results in your tank with a good substrate. (This applies to all sorts of plants, including Dwarf Hairgrass). See my recommended substrate here.

CO2
If you’re going to have a carpet in your planted tank, especially a Dwarf Hairgrass carpet, you’ll probably want to use some sort of CO2 system. Whether that’s DIY or pressurized is up to your budget, but I’ve seen both work quite well for carpets.

Water Circulation
Not only is this vital for Dwarf Hairgrass, it’s also pretty much a required for healthy planted tanks. Getting as much CO2 and nutrients to the Hairgrass is vital to get that explosive growth for the carpet. As a bonus, this also keeps your carpet (and substrate) clean, as well as hindering algae growth in between the hairgrass.

Trimming Hairgrass

The key to a great DHG carpet is consistent, even trimming. Left alone, Dwarf Hairgrass grows vertically, not horizontally. That’s why it’s important to continually trim the plant quite often to stimulate horizontal growth, forcing the growth outwards, not upwards. This is even more true if you’re using CO2: Dwarf Hairgrass has explosive growth in CO2 and high light. However, I wouldn’t suggest this for beginners; that’s also a very easy way to have algae take over your tank.

It’s also a good idea to keep a fish net around when you trim this stuff: it gets VERY messy. Get as much of the trimmings out as possible, but what’s left will simply rot away, so don’t stress about it.

 

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11 reviews for Aquarium Dwarf Grass Seeds to Grow Live Aquatic Plants (Eleocharis Parvula)

  1. Sam

    Mine fully grew in a few days, as long as you have the right substrates and some light it should be the same.

  2. Vinu

    Be patient. They will grow. This is what happened to me. Didn’t see any activity for 1 week and then they slowly started to sprout. I would strongly recommend adding Flourish Iron and Flourish for every 3 days and double the dosage. Also keep the tank lights on for atleast 10 hours. If you started in dry start method, keep the seeds well moist all the time.

  3. Amanda J.

    Might have been my substrate and filter placement, but after developing a thick and lush carpet (dry start), I filled up the tank, added an airstone, and about 10% came dislodged from the sand and seachem substrate (I don’t remember which version) and started floating to the top. Turned on my HOB and lost another 70%. They don’t die when they float, so they don’t pollute the tank and with tweezers can be placed back into the substrate, but they slipped right out again with even the most gentle flow. Then I added guppies, pygmy Cory’s, snails, and cherry shrimp. The guppies seem to do the most damage (as expexted), but the shrimp and snails just glide over it and perch on the leaves. Definitely worth the weekly hassle of replanting, for me anyway.

    I did manage to germinate some on some granite and driftwood, the granite didn’t take too well (nothing to anchor to), but the wood looks fabulous and the roots were able to grab effectively – definitely going to use some of my remaining seeds on more driftwood.

    Will definitely try again (mostly because I need an excuse to start another aquarium)

  4. Anthony

    First time planting seeds in an aquarium, so wasn’t sure what to expect. Super pleased with the result. After about 4 days it started to sprout and it just took off from there. The picture is at day 14. This is a 20 gallon tank, used one full pack, which was way more than enough (we also planted a hairgrass in the back)

  5. Luna

    Growing these from seeds was trial and error. I tried an empty tank with substrate, just 2″ of water, and direct LED lighting, and got very little germination after a week and a half of trying. I then gave up and decided to aquascape the rest of the tank with other plants and then filled it up all the way with water. After about a week like this 100% of the seeds grew in and now they are covering my crypts and rocks so that I can barely see them. I believe the key was heated water. This was for a 20g Caradina shrimp tank and this provides them with a lot of surface area to graze and hide. If I had to do this over again, I would add substrate, add seeds, water a bit, let it set for a day or 2, add more substrate on top, then fill and heat the water and add good lighting for fastest germination.

  6. Brandon

    UPDATE: My betta has started eating these fricking seeds and he’s bloated. I guess it’s my fault for nit growing them into actual plants before adding them to the tank. They’re also sticking all over his body and I have to keep using tweezers to take them off of him. Not necessarily the company’s fault. The directions said to plant and grow them THEN add them to the tank. But just wanted to put this on here for anyone with Betta fish. The seeds can cause a blockage and be dangerous so don’t put them directly into the tank.

    Seems to be working so far! I put them in a small bowl of water for a few hours to get all gooey and then I stuck them to this piece of driftwood in my tank. They started sprouting within 5 days. The picture I posted is about one week after planting them. I also use a grow light on them, not sure if that has made a difference in the growth speed. But I will be adding more to my tank depending how these guys grow. Pretty satisfied overall. This is a tiny pinch of the seeds, I didn’t even use 10% of the seeds that were in the package. Definitely don’t use them all because you’ll be overgrown lol.

  7. Colton

    Great product and it does what it says ONLY if you use it correctly. This is made for a dry start. Do not pour seeds then fill your tank up with water. Do not poour seeds then pour water all the way to the seeds where it’s saturated. You will grow mold. Pour enough water so it’s halfway to your seeds. When they start to grow, roots will reach for the water and force them to be stronger. Have patience and wait if you want this product to grow. Just like any carpeting plants, do not overload your tank with fish. Fish waste will be trapped in your plants and cleaning with result in more work. Any other questions, just ask. But please do your research. Images shown and I am still waiting for another month before I fill the tank up and added stock.

  8. Chase Nichols

    This seeds actually sprouted and they all grew. Now I have a lot of plants in my aquarium, I used the second method (just dumped the seeds inside the aquarium full of water)

  9. Bonnie S. Calhoun

    They grew sporadically. I even bought fertilizer and have a pretty good lighting system. If it takes more than what I have it is it really worth it. I got some sparse patches here and there. It’s pretty cool to see little plants growing here i it’s pretty cool to see little plants growing Randomly, but I kind of wanted a thick bed of plants covering the bottom.

  10. Shan

    I’ve been letting these grow for a few months. Glosso seeds can get to 2-5cm tall. I have some seeds that grew past 6 inches. These are way to wide and the wrong color of green.
    They still make a decent carpet and they haven’t melted on me but it would be nice to know beforehand.

  11. syvine

    This is my first time trying real plants in an aquarium. I used plant substrate and I planted the seeds as instructed by multiple youtube video. The seeds start germinating 7 days after they were planted, after I learned that I was supposed to wrap the aquarium with saran wrap.

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