Recommend a plant like Helferi/Tenellus

amy4342

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Hi all.
I'm looking for a tall background plant for my nano - I really want to use Cyperus Helferi, but I think it's too tall-the tank is only 25cm, or can I just trim the tips off the Helferi? Another plant I think looks similar is Tenellus, but this is too short - I just can't win :D. So can anyone recommend anything that looks similar but is around 25cm high.
Thanks
 

john starkey

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Hi amy,nearly all plants (the ones I've grown anyway)will grow taller than stated in any book,as they all have one aim and that is to make use of what light is available.a plant I would recomend for you is stouregyne, if you don't trim it becomes a nice stem plant which would suit your nano,Cyprus heferi would be ok too but may become taller than 25cm in time,it's hard to predict what a species will attain in height as we have different parameters in our setups.
Regards john
 

andy

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If you're looking for a grassy plant,sagittaria (natans) can get taller than a lot of people think. There's a few other varieties too.
 

nry

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Vallis mini-twister really does stay at the height Tropica say it does. It barely reached the top of my Rekord60 which was around 22cm from substrate to water line once filled, I loved this plant, it really looks nice once grown in.
 

Superman

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My dwarf hairgrass has started to grow nice and tall in my nano, I'm thinking of moving it to an all hairgrass effect in the future.

Cyperus Helferi grows very tall and was 40+cm when I pulled it out the other day, but as can be seen in a TGM's display tank, it flowers above the water really nicely.
 
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