Scientific name: Hygroryza aristata
Usual maximum size in aquariums: 1 - 4 cm (0.39 - 1.57 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 6.2 - 7.8
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 4 - 18°N (71.43 - 321.43ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 22 - 28 °C (71.6 - 82.4°F)
Reproduction of the plant: Cuttings
Origin (in the wild): South Asia
How fast these plants grow: Normal
Recommended substrate: Without substrate
Demands on lighting: Bright
Ideal placement in a fish tank: Floating
South Asia; they are found in India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and China.
This plant will propagate itself by sending out plantlets which will spread over the water surface. These need to be pruned back on a regular basis to keep it in check.
This is the only grass species that is used in aquariums. It has to be pruned back on a regular basis or it will shade out any other plants below it. This is a great plant for open topped aquariums and its roots will provide refuge for juvenile fish if used in a rearing tank. In its native countries it is often found as a weed among the planted rice fields.