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The two commonly sold species of hairgrass can be
told apart the following way:

Elecocharis acicularis:  tends to stay short (approx.
2-6"); does not propagate by making new plants at
the top of the plant.


E.  vivipara: grows taller (easily reached the top of my
20" tank) and makes new plants at the top of the
leaves.  These are your "split ends."  

If you don't like the way E. vivipara grows, you can
a)give it a haircut; it won't hurt it, or
b)replace it with E. acicularis.

Roxanne Bittman