Cyperus helferi is an excellent aquarium plant to add a grass like look in the aquarium. The long leaves of Cyperus helferi wave in the current and are very pleasing to the eye. Plant Cyperus helferi in multiple pieces to help create a full backdrop or plant near moving water in the aquarium to see it move in the current. Cyperus species have been popular in the water garden industry for many years, but Cyperus helferi is the first species to be used totally submerged in an aquarium.
Cyperus helferi can grow very large, but it is also not difficult keep tamed down, by removing the older, outer leaves. If purchased in a tissue culture package, the plants are faily small, and can be used successfully in a ssmaller tank for quite some time.
Common Name: Cyperus helferi
Family Name: Cyperaceae
Native To: South East Asia
Requirements: Undemanding, but is more robust with suplemental CO2 and good fertilization
Growth Form: Rosette
Growth Rate: Moderate
True Aquatic: Yes
Placement in Tank: Mid-background
Available As: Bare root, potted, tissue culture