Scientific name: Eleocharis acicularis
Usual maximum size in aquariums: 5 - 15 cm (1.97 - 5.91 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 6.3 - 7
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 4 - 12°N (71.43 - 214.29ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 15 - 25 °C (59 - 77°F)
Reproduction of the plant: Rhizome
Origin (in the wild): Everywhere
How fast these plants grow: Slow
Recommended substrate: Fine gravel
Demands on lighting: Bright
Ideal placement in a fish tank: Middle
Needle Spike rush, Hair grass
This plant is found all over the Americas and has recently been introduced to Australia.
There is two ways of propagating this plant. It will produce flowers on countless stems, simply brush the flower heads to pollinate and seeds will be produced. The most common method of propagation is by dividing the rhizome into smaller pieces and producing several new plants from one root.
This plant is easy to grow if the correct lighting levels are used in the aquarium.
This plant is found in shallow waterways and can produce a carpet on the substrate if given the correct growing conditions. It will produce flowers on the end of short stems and in its native countries; these are a valuable food source for the wildlife.