Cyperus helferi Tissue Culture
Cyperus helferi is a very graceful, beautiful plant that brings distinguished elegance to the planted aquarium.
Cyperus helferi is a somewhat uncommon plant that has gained popularity among planted aquarium enthusiasts. Its long, grass-like leaves are more broad than hairgrasses and other more common, similar plants. This plant can be trimmed to appropriate height in smaller aquariums, but it will grow to impressive heights in larger aquariums. It is an excellent plant for the midground or background of the aquarium and it is particularly useful in hiding aquarium hardware such as heaters and filter tubes. It can be grown emersed or submersed, so it is also an excellent plant for terrariums and paludariums.
Cyperus helferi requires nutrient-rich water and substrate as well as high lighting for optimal growth, though it can also tolerate more moderate lighting. CO2 supplementation is beneficial, but not absolutely necessary. This plant is relatively slow-growing, but its growth rate will typically increase under optimal care. It propagates by producing smaller adventitious plants around its base, but it can also be propagated by cutting portions from the tops of the leaves and replanting the cuttings upside down. Cyperus helferi will grow best in soft, acidic water that is slow to moderate in flow.
Like most plants, Cyperus helferi will benefit from supplementation such as Seachem Flourish, Flourish Excel, nitrogen, and other plant supplements, which will help it maintain its rich, deep green coloration.
This listing is for the tissue culture form of Cyperus helferi. Tissue cultures are superior to traditional forms of aquarium plants in many ways. They are produced in a completely sterile environment which eliminates the possibility of them carrying pest snails or algae spores. They have a shelf life (before introduction to the aquarium) of several months if properly maintained and they are housed in a nutrient gel until introduced to the aquarium. To introduce a tissue culture plant to the aquarium, simply rinse off as much nutrient gel as possible, then plant as usual. The nutrient gel will not harm your aquarium.
What We Like About This Plant:
- Tissue cultures contain no unwanted pest animals or algae
- Rich, bright green coloration
- Very elegant appearance
- Provides protective cover for fry and can be attached to most any surface in the aquarium
- Somewhat uncommon in the aquarium hobby
- Temperature: 70° - 83° F (21° - 28° C)
- pH: 5.5 - 7.5
- Lighting: Moderate to High
- Origin: Indigenous to Southeast Asia (namely Thailand), “cloned” in tissue cultures
- Aquarium placement: Midground to Background
- Care: Moderate to Difficult
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