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Eleocharis Belem


Eleocharis Belem is a classic and extremely popular aquarium plant commonly used as the foreground choice of a planted aquarium. This particular species of Hair Grass grows very short and stays relatively low with help from consistent trimming. Eleocharis Belem is loved within the community for its ability to produce grass-like carpets and its relatively easy-going nature. This aquarium plant grows via runners and is suitable for all planted aquarium sizes making it an all-around solid choice for a foreground plant. 

Eleocharis Belem does not need high lighting or Co2 injection, but its growth and thickness are noticeably different when provided with high-tech conditions in a planted aquarium. Not only is Eleocharis Belem a wonderful carpeting plant, but it is also very versatile and can grow fine in emersed conditions meaning it is suitable for terrariums, paludariums, vivariums and more. It is also commonly used in Wabi Kusa style setups and will grow fine so long as sufficient humidity is provided during its transition. When planting Eleocharis Belem, it is best to separate small portions and plant them compactly. With correct care, you will notice the aquatic plant sending out runners and from there, a lush foreground awaits! 

When planting tissue culture plants, please be sure to remove as much tissue culture gel as possible before planting. Simply wash the gel away or soak the plant in water and squeeze the gel off with your fingers gently before separating and planting. Quality aquarium soil will do wonders! We recommend Ultum Nature Systems Controsoil.  

Name Eleocharis Belem (Dwarf Hair Grass) 
Structure Carpet
Difficulty Easy
Light Demand Medium to High
CO2 Recommended
Growth Rate Moderate to Fast
Placement Foreground
Height (in) 2-3"
Color Green

Tissue culture plants are grown in-vitro (literally: in the glass) in a nutrient-rich synthetic growing medium, either liquid or gel, without the presence of any other lifeforms. This guarantees a pest and disease-free specimen, while also providing accuracy throughout the trade.

Tissue culture plants should be removed from the cup as soon as possible. All plants grow on some sort of synthetic growing medium, ranging anywhere from liquid to jelly to firm gel. This should be removed and rinsed off. Gently massage the roots between your fingers until the gel dissolves away. Most plants can be broken up into smaller pieces and spread out in your aquarium. Smaller pieces are easier to plant.

We only ship livestock Monday to Wednesday to avoid weekend delays. Please keep in mind the availability of plants can change quickly as they come in and out of our possession or deteriorate in health, so there could be a delay updating the published availability. We will be in touch if the species you order is not available and you will always have the option to wait or take a substitute or refund. We appreciate your patience as we work to deliver healthy plants to you. 

Please note: We source our plants from several different growers and restock on a rotating basis. We aim to keep each species in stock from at least one supplier but not necessarily more. By default, we will send the freshest plant regardless of which grower you select. If you are particular about which grower supplies your plant, please make this clear in your order notes. There may be a wait for you to receive a plant from a specific grower, depending on when we are able to order from them and their availability.

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