Recommend a plant like Helferi/Tenellus

Discussion in 'Plant Help' started by amy4342, 7 May 2009.

  1. amy4342

    amy4342 Member

    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.
  2. john starkey

    john starkey Member

    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
  3. andy

    andy Member

    Lewes, East Sussex
    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.
  4. Dan Crawford

    Dan Crawford Founder Staff Member

    Daventry, Northants
    Blyxa works well in one of my nanos.
  5. nry

    nry Member

    Cumbria, UK
    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.
  6. Superman

    Superman Member

    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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