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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-15-2011, 05:16 PM Thread Starter
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Grasses for terrarium

I am thinking about creating a terrarium with a small section of water diving the middle diagonally, and having grasses either side of the water area.

I was wondering has anyone tried this before or have any experiance with keeping grasses in a terrarium/paludarium?

Also does anyone know of any good grace types i was hoping to go for an asian/japanese look.

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-15-2011, 07:31 PM
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It would all depend on your grasses and your humidity level. I'm pretty sure there are grasses you could use for just about any setup. One grass that's easy to grow and attractive in my opinion is Mondo Grass (Ophiopogon japonicus). http://mondograss.net/dwarf-mondo-grass/
It is often sold in pet stores as an aquatic plant, but it's not. It should do fine in a terrarium, however. You can find it at pretty much any garden store too, probably for cheaper. You will probably want to make sure it is DWARF Mondo Grass, unless you want it to grow 6-10 inches tall (dwarf stays 2-4 inches tall).
It is native to Japan.

If you're looking for taller or more contrasting grasses, you could look into Black Mondo Grass (Ophiopogon planiscapus) http://mondograss.net/what-is-black-mondo-grass/, Japanese Sweet Flag (Acorus gramineus) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acorus_gramineus, or Blood grass (Imperata cylindrica) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imperata_cylindrica (I think there are cultivars of this that would stay small enough for a large terrarium, but I might be mistaken.) These are all from Japan or Southeast Asia.

It will kind of depend on the size of your terrarium what grass you can put in there. But Dwarf Mondo Grass is always a good start, especially for a smaller terrarium.

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thank you very much this has been incredibly helpfull.

Its a 30G tank, two contrasting mondo grasses could be very nice

Thanks again
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i love the blood grass... nice red tint

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Dwarf hairgrass (Eleocharis spp.) will grow very well in this type of environment. I'm undergoing a dry start with E. acicularis and it's doing great.


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liliopsis sp would look nice


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