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Hey guys,

Hoping someone can point me in the right direction, trying to find out what's the difference between

Parvula
Belem
Acicularis

im looking to make a foreground carpet for my nano and my 55g both Med-High Light Does with excel no c02
 

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E. acicularis is tall, around 5-6".
E. parvula is short, under 2" usually.
E. sp. "Belem" is even shorter, 1.5" and curls downwards under higher lighting than E. parvula. Difficult to come by and only available from other hobbyists. Expensive.

I prefer the look of E. parvula since it stays upright and only curls slightly. It grows 1.5" in my tank so there isn't much difference from "Belem".
 

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how do you keep parvula short? lots of trimming? or is more a matter of light? I have e. parvula and I let it grow and it gets to be about 4-5 inches tall. I've only recently started to mow it more frequently.
 

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It's rather invasive. The only way to slow down its spread is to pull up sods of it from the substrate. Barriers in the substrate won't work because it will just grow over them.
 
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