Hairgrass AKA Needle or Least Spikerush (Eleocharis acicularis) Tissue Culture
This pest-free, low-maintenance plant is ideal for covering the middle ground of the aquarium!
Hairgrass (Eleocharis acicularis), also known as needle spikerush or least spikerush, is a very popular mid-ground plant for the serious freshwater aquarium. This hardy, fast-growing plant can quickly “carpet” most aquariums. It is taller than Dwarf Hairgrass, but much shorter than Giant Hairgrass.
This variety of Hairgrass requires moderate to high lighting. It does not have to be pruned often unless more horizontal growth is desired. If used for carpeting the aquarium, it should be trimmed weekly to promote horizontal growth. It will grow very quickly in nutrient-rich substrate. It will also benefit from CO2 supplementation, but this is not required.
Like most plants, Hairgrass will benefit from supplementation such as Seachem Flourish, Flourish Excel, nitrogen, and other plant supplements.
This listing is for the tissue culture form of Hairgrass. 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
- Easy to moderate care
- Provides protective cover for fry and can be attached to most any surface in the aquarium
- Thrives in low-tech setups
- Temperature: 70° - 83° F (21° - 28° C)
- pH: 6.5 - 8.5
- Lighting: Moderate to high
- Origin: Indigenous to North America,“cloned” in tissue cultures
- Aquarium placement: Mid-Ground
- Care: Easy
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