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DeLaFe 10-01-2012 06:18 PM

Trade: Cyperus helferi(?) and java moss
A good buddy of mine gave me a bag of plants. He gave me enough java moss to aquascape a pool! Also gave me tons of a grass looking plant with runners in between each plant and good roots. I planted the entire back of my tank. As best as I can tell by looking at photos on the internet the plant he gave me is Cyperus helferi, but I can be wrong.

Long story short- I have a bunch of the smaller plants of c. helferi(?) left and at least two golf ball sized chunks of Java moss I am willing to trade. I am looking for neat looking plants, preferably something that will add some color. (I already have one plant that has purple leaves (1" rounded leaves) and Anubias. I am also ordering anubias nana petite. So something "different".

I plan on keeping shrimp and a few types Rasboras, pygmy corydoras and other small, compatible fish. If you have fish you have bred I would consider those in trade as well (but I don't think these plants are equal in value).

I am on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and can arrange to meet nearby...
With two little kids it will be hard for me to venture far over the next few weeks.

FYI- Once I am set up, I will most likely be RAOK'ing my plant trimmings. Right now I am just trying to get set-up and thought it would be neat to try to set-up my entire tank with aquarist propagated plants! (Well, with the exception of the nana petite I am buying!)


ptr 10-02-2012 11:16 AM

Can you post a picture of that plant ? C. Helferi doesn't have runners.
It might be dwarf sag, or maybe some type of vallisneria.

DeLaFe 10-02-2012 11:25 AM

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According to liveaquaria it has runners... Here is a photo.

ptr 10-02-2012 11:34 AM

I would vote for dwarf sag (

C. Helferi for comparison:

DeLaFe 10-02-2012 01:13 PM

Probably right, but the leaves on my plants are not as broad as the leaves of dwarf sag in that photograph.

zherico 10-02-2012 01:20 PM

i second dwarf sag, which can easily get 6"+

Option 10-02-2012 03:59 PM

I think this could may also pass for blyxa japonica. Definitely NOT cyperus helferi as I have this in my tank.

ptr 10-02-2012 04:03 PM

I'm not sure blyxa has runners either

DeLaFe 10-03-2012 06:16 AM

Buddy that gave it to me says it definitely is not japonica because he has some in one of his other tanks. Says it grows to about 9 inches in height. So, dwarf sag is looking like the better possibility. (Although, the link above says it grows upto 30 cm, which is just over 11 inches)

No takers? If not, I am going to have to plant it in my tank or it is going to die... (Or toss it)



ptr 10-03-2012 10:17 AM

Bring it tonight, I'm sure you'll find takers.

DeLaFe 10-03-2012 10:53 AM

Unfortunately I can not make it tonight... Wednesday's are real bad for me.


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