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Thick lush background plant that spreads by runners?

In my 20 long I have a nice carpet of dwarf hairgrass (eleocharis parvula) and about 3/4ths of the way back I have wall to wall rocks. Behind the rocks there is a 3-4 inch area where I currently have no plants.

I'm looking for a nice background plant that will create a thick wall of plants without requiring constant trimming and replanting.

I have already tried eleocharis vivipara, which really only spreads with aerial runners. I have eleocharis acicularis in there now, which everyone says should get tall enough to form a background in a 20 long, but I'm skeptical (it's still fairly new to the tank and hasn't really taken off yet)

corkscrew val may be my best bet, but it's hard to get a really lush full look with val, as it tends to spread out quite a bit when it grows.

Does anyone know of any other plants that would meet my needs?

edit: Also, I should mention that this tank has co2, med-high light, and EI dosing.
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dwarf sag. I have it in a high light co2 tank and it grows about 6-8 inches and runs, plant them right and you'll get a wall of grass.
One of mine has spread 15" across the back of my tank with about a dozen or more shoots.
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maybe anacheris you can let it grow then when it gets tall you cut it and put the cutting in the sub to make another plant
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Broadleaved Amazon Swordplant (Echinodorus bleheri)! It might get a bit tall and might require attention but it's thick and spreads by runners. In the two years I've had one plant it's grown into a dozen and is as thick as a jungle and almost completely across the back of my tank. I have the same tank stats as you, only I'm a 38g, so 20" tall I think....height might be the only issue you would have with this plant.

In the photo the back left plant is the original. You can see the runners out front, and the new plants up front left and in the back right. Super thick!!
Under the broadleaf ont he right is a java fern that has smaller leaves but looks similar. Only about the top quarter of the plant is showing on the right.
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I've had good luck keeping Vals, Crypts and Sagittaria corralled using cheap plastic landscape border cut down to size: http://www.acehardware.com/product/i...la=pla_1053304





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