• Cyperus haspan - Dwarf Papyrus


    Photo with thanks to NewFishTank

    Here's my work tank, new plants in place, and the T5 lights installed...





    I can confidently say it's looking more how I wanted it to now...

    (and finally something I'm happy to show on this site... )
    This article was originally published in forum thread: 60L Tank at Work... started by Stuart Elflett View original post
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    1. DiscusEden's Avatar
      DiscusEden -
      21/06/2007
      Quote Originally Posted by shelleygirl View Post
      Nice tank! Just curious but what kind of foreground plant is that? It looks really nice!
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      DiscusEden -
      21/06/2007
      Quote Originally Posted by pleco4me View Post
      nice tank! little unsure about the gravel though :S
    1. DiscusEden's Avatar
      DiscusEden -
      21/06/2007
      Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Elflett View Post
      Yeah, still some coloured stuff in there to pick out yet... it came with the tank... lol

      The foreground is dwarf papyrus - a cyperus of some sort, not sure *which* of the several types described as 'dwarf' papyrus it actually is though... advice from the grower was to plant it like hairgrass, and after 5-6 weeks it will sprout a stem from the centre to the surface, where a new head will form... that head can then be planted, too... will have to see how it goes...
    1. DiscusEden's Avatar
      DiscusEden -
      22/06/2007
      Quote Originally Posted by apalsson View Post
      Stuart,

      That is one nice tank !
      Can you give us a bit of a run-down on it?
    1. DiscusEden's Avatar
      DiscusEden -
      22/06/2007
      Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Elflett View Post
      Sure... this is the seventh tank I've set up, and I wanted to combine various things I've learnt since the first one, starting from scratch in a bare tank (the others are all in one units...)

      The tank itself is 60L, freshwater, substrate is all gravel, small gravel on the base, larger chips over the top, and a few bags of white river stones ($7.95 at an LFS, $2 at Getta Bargain) and one bag of 'large brown river stones', also $2 - the large browns help as plant anchors, and give my algae eaters somewhere smooth to stick on... The background is a good, large pic of a planted tank I found on google images, I chose a suitable selection, blew it up, and printed a couple of A3 images from it on vinyl - colour, size and variety of plants match what I have in there, and manage to provide a reasonably convincing illusion of depth...

      Filtration is from two 200lph hang on filters, one has a foam insert, followed by a small reservoir containing carbon atm (to combat the tannins from the driftwood), the other has fine filter wool as an inner layer, which I've packed with volcanic rock fragments... one filter has been running in my 140L for three months, so gave a good biological filter base to the new tank... one filter gives some surface movement, the other a straight current across the tank, helping to give a river current section for my Homaloptera Yunnanensis, who may be joined by a couple of friends, or maybe more Gastromyzon Hillstream Loaches (aka Borneo Suckers) - the current is obviously sufficient for him, as this is the first tank that he comes out into the open at regular intervals in...

      I'm running the tank at 26C, and the lighting is from a twin T5 24W 10000k unit, off Ebay... I also have a clip on housing from bunnings with a 24W compact 'bright daylight' bulb, which was providing light before the T5's arrived, and I still flick on for supplimentary light for a couple of hours a day...

      There are four large rock pieces that came with the tank, and a fifth found at an LFS languishing amongst a pile of driftwood - when I asked how much for the rock, they said $1... bargain... The rockwork is bedded well into the gravel, and offers a couple of hiding spots for the Albino Bristlenose, and a neat little shelf the danios seem to love swimming under and through when playing chase...

      To the right of the rocks I have a small piece of malaysian driftwood - it's been well soaked in boiling water, but is still leeching a little tannin - again, there primarily for the BN, or I'd have gone with the taller piece of rock in it's place... a small rock, covered in lush java moss sits between the driftwood and glass - it has plenty of long, wavy tendrils, but given the success of my java wrapped driftwood in the 140L I'm considering doing the same in here, cutting it right back and laying down a mat onto the wood - the piece in the 140L has made a thick carpet, almost lawn like, and looks stunning, completely unlike 'java moss' (yes, I'll take some pics and post here... lol)

      There's a small terracotta pot tucked behind the driftwood, which was initially a spot for my albino cory, but turned into a parking place for the Mystery snail... he's in there now... lol

      To the left, at the back, is a bunch of Ludwigia Palustris - around about ten nicely rooted stems (there's a great seller on ebay for this, $2 a bunch) which is hiding a 100W heater (due to be replaced by a submersible heater, when I'm next ordering online stuff) then a wall of wisteria - four well established plants, and three small trimmed pieces, all of which will grow well. To the right of the wisteria, between the rockwork and the driftwood is a Sagitarius Natans, emersed, as you can see, it almost looks like a sword... this will eventually send a spike to the surface, and will start a new plant - also the root system will provide a number of corms, which seperated and planted usually strike successfully - they will eventually spread out to more plants, too...

      The back right corner has a pair of Madagascan Umbrella Papyrus heads... I'm not 100% set on those, as they are a bit long and lanky, so may swap 'em out for something else in the near future... (I have a lot of new Java Ferns coming up in the 140L, so may use some of them in there...) The foreground has five heads of Dwarf Papyrus, which has already started a root system - given 5-6 weeks that will shoot a stem to the surface too, providing more heads...

      I have used Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Root Tabs around the base of the plants, and am using Tetra Flora Pride, Wardley Plant Food, and dosing Excel on alternate days (still have three strands of established Elodea in there, as they had a quantity of algae on the leaves for the Oto) which will go to daily dosing when the Elodea comes out...

      There is a bubble wall around the back and left hand side, long enough that it generates very tiny bubbles, and a coiled wall hidden behind the driftwood - the bubble wall runs at night, and I pop the coil on once in a while to liven the 'river' effect for the Homaloptera Yunnanensis... No CO2, lights on atm for 10 hours a day...
    1. DiscusEden's Avatar
      DiscusEden -
      04/07/2007
      Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Elflett View Post
      A couple of weeks to settle in, and the dwarf papyrus is spiking nicely:





      Had to move the Sagitarius Natans, the Wisteria growth was shading it within a week, and have just done a significant trim of the Wisteria itself, which has given material to double the coverage of the back wall, to about half tank height... the new growth is very bright green, and leafy rather than fronds - I presume that's from the quadrupling of the amount of light it was under in the 20L??

      The Ludwigia is nice and lush - it got uprooted in a test of a new filter (whirlpool effect - not good with guppies) but doesn't seem outwardly affected by it... Am looking for something to replace the papyrus in the back right corner - the new filter sits there, and it's just too gangly for the spot... any suggestions???
    1. DiscusEden's Avatar
      DiscusEden -
      04/07/2007
      Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Elflett View Post
      Oh, and it won "Tank Setup of the Month" over at FishGeeks... must have been the mismatched gravel that did it... lol
    1. DiscusEden's Avatar
      DiscusEden -
      04/07/2007
      Quote Originally Posted by Danus View Post
      Nice gamble on the papyrus Stuart. I've seen it on ebay a few times but been a bit suss. I figured it was a marginal being passed off as an aquatic plant. It looks cool.
    1. DiscusEden's Avatar
      DiscusEden -
      04/07/2007
      Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Elflett View Post
      The people I got it from aren't afraid to mention if the plants need time out of water, in their listings - what I've had from them so far has all lived up to what they said, although that said I can't get the Myrophylium to strike, even the rooted stems rot off and lose their needles - I figured it was a light issue the first time (and they bundled some in as a freebie with my last order) but same issue in the new tank, too... might need soil in the substrate maybe??
    1. DiscusEden's Avatar
      DiscusEden -
      04/09/2007
      Quote Originally Posted by dorateo View Post
      I know this is an old thread...

      but...

      Cool.. so this is your office tank! I was why were you having ordinary-looking dwarf papyrus in the beginning, but it's really nice after a month, shooting like umbrella shades in the tank!

      I saw there's a piece of cucumber in the tank. Do your guppies eat cucumber? I tried it with my goldfish before, but they prefer lettuce...while my guppies sometimes munch a bit of celery...
    1. DiscusEden's Avatar
      DiscusEden -
      05/09/2007
      Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Elflett View Post
      That's zucchini, and yes, the guppies get into it - not as much as the goldfish did and bristlenose and platy's do though...

      Here's a shot of the tank on my desk...



      I must have missed updating here with that one... lol
    1. SOLOMON's Avatar
      SOLOMON -
      I wonder if that is the correct scientific name, think "Dwarf Papyrus" may be to colloquial name not necessarily the common name.
    1. DiscusEden's Avatar
      DiscusEden -
      If you'd ike to come up with a better offer, I'm most happy to change it.

      Under that family I had:
      Cyperus papyrus.........................................Eg yptian Papyrus........................................... ..........................FE....H
      Cyperus papyrus “Little pharaoh”...............Little pharaoh........................................... ...............................FE.....H
      Cyperus prolifer.......................................... .Dwarf Papyrus

      The symbols standing for:
      F - edible plant
      E - exotic (as opposed to Australian native)
      H - can be grown in hot climates e.g. QLD, NT

      I picked up the names from various websites, plant books, stores and my own gardening experience over the years.
      I know I've come across a plant known as dwarf papyrus here - I can't remember if it was in my LFS or garden centre.

      Looks like you might be right though:
      http://www.lochnesswatergardens.com/haspan.html
      Cypress haspan appears to be the right name for Dwarf papyrus. So I don't know where I got the other one from.
    1. NewFishTank's Avatar
      NewFishTank -
      I have previously posted about this plant before, and seen them at Aquarama fair in Singapore 2 years ago. Seems to be popular in Asia.
      Im not even sure if it's marginal plant or not, but the general consensus was not a true aquatic plant.








      Link:http://www.aquariumlife.com.au/showt...50511-ID-plant
    1. DiscusEden's Avatar
      DiscusEden -
      Thanks Alan!
      I remembered your post, but had no idea where to find it. Your shots are beautiful. Thankyou for putting it up!

      The plant usually grows along the banks of rivers, which flood annually. When the plantings become more dense, some will grow with the roots in the water, but the majority of the plant above water.
      It is used commonly as a pond plant, where the advice is to grow it either along the banks of the pond, or usually with the pot submerged, but the top of the pot only about 15cm under the water.

      It looks completely different as a pond plant, with long thick stalks, and then the crowns (which are the parts that you see in the tank) on top.
    1. sootz's Avatar
      sootz -



      Hihi I'm from Singapore and I just bought this driftwood with this plant on it: Cyperus Haspan and I'm trying to find out more about it.

      Is the plant doing well in your tank? I notice that it is planted in the substrate...can mine survive on the driftwood? I'm keeping the plants in a shrimptank, dosing fertilizers daily but no CO2. Just want to have more info on what to do. Thanks
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