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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-10-2020, 12:45 AM Thread Starter
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LFS - Tall grass for 10 gallon background

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Looking for a suggestion of a tall grass that is manageable in a 10 gallon. Trying to find something like a short Val of some type. I've heard true corkscrew vals get about 8 inches tall which I think would be a good size, but I've heard that it's hard to find true corkscrews.

Any other suggestions? I don't mind if I need to trim it back consistently as long as it's healthy and not folding over the water surface too heavily.
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-10-2020, 01:37 AM
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Hairgrass might work. There might also be some taller Sagittarias that could also work as well.

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Hairgrass might work. There might also be some taller Sagittarias that could also work as well.
Just to clarify, by grass, I mean that long, tall, flowly blade type grass seen in the vallisneria types. Not like a carpeting grass.
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Sag can get taller if its reaching for the light some. I have some corkscrew val in my 210 (30" tall) and I have plants that are close to the water line. They tend to break off once they grow up to the return on that side of the tank at ~24" tall.

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if you have co2, check out Cyperus helferi. Not at all invasive.


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if you have co2, check out Cyperus helferi. Not at all invasive.
Ah that does look like a good candidate, thanks!
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Sag can get taller if its reaching for the light some. I have some corkscrew val in my 210 (30" tall) and I have plants that are close to the water line. They tend to break off once they grow up to the return on that side of the tank at ~24" tall.
Is there a way to control/trim these guys? If I wanted to keep it small, would that be possible?
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Is there a way to control/trim these guys? If I wanted to keep it small, would that be possible?
Yeah, you can trim them. I have had mixed success doing so. Sometimes they are fine, sometimes the trimmed leaf melts. I have read that sharp scissors help. Either way, they do grow fast enough that even with some loss from trimming that they will stay filled in (or expanding).

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I like Isoetes Japonica
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I like Isoetes Japonica
That's a good one too!

Thanks for the suggestions guys!
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