My knowladge of viviapar is limitted, but heres what i do know. Its quite possible you have it, put wait to see once its established first. What happens is the grass leaves will reach up, then they will get a bud like growth on them. From there another plantlet will grow. It can be a very messy plant is kept untamed. The idea is,if you like the matted look then let it grow, just like in the huge Iwagumi tank Amano has with 1000 cardinals in it. Or you will have to nip the plantlets off as the grass grows. Which im sure is very time consuming. Othere wise, if its just hight your after, then E-acicularus will do you fine.
well, i finaly got some advice on e tennelus (thanks LD for finding that post ) it was advice i kinda knew ie trimminf runners etc. the one thing i didnt know about the post was a bit vague on. trimming the leafs!!!!!
i still dont know, so i just trimmed um! if its wrong its to late, if its right, lucky me. im surprised i didnt get much advice on the plant to be honest, oh well.
Looking good Mark maybe you should have tried on a small section and see before you did the whole tank
Just have to wait and see now, at least we will all know how to trim it after you are done with it
"I have a picture somewhere in this forum with E. tenellus as the foreground plant in 2.5 feet tank, way too tall, unless I trim it, the new growth is shorter, and to keep it shorter, with a bit of red, I needed a bit high lights... "
i got my answer phew...ive done the right thing, actualy not short enough. if i remeber aaronnorth thought this idea would work but wasnt sure. (you were close mate)
from my malasyian aquascaping friend NASFISH (fantastic aquascaper, i checked some of his threads and pics etc! the kid obioulsy knows what he's up to, so i'll trust the advice)
anyway, this is what was said
"Grew E. tenellus before, each time, I trimmed it about one inch from the base. After that, I syphoned the debris, excess mulms etc around the base. During weekly water change, I did the same, whenever possible. If too dirty, it will disturb the regrowth, sometimes, worst case, it will rot instead, IME.
Very nice tank, by the way
so hopefully this chaps right, im going in to trim.
so another pick coming with severe haircut.
here's after trimming....again. i actually like it like this. i can also see a small leafed stem coming from behind that large stone mmmmmm......