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Old 03-31-2003, 01:33 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I'v been going true the gallery and seen all the wonderfull aquariums people here have sett up, one prettyer than the other! But one thing that puzzels me is this, how the heck to you keep it looking so nice and fresh? Espesially when people use plants like Heteranthera zosterifolia in the forground, or a nice R. Wallichi as a middel plant. The problem in my tank is that everything is growing like crazy, and within a few weeks it's right at the top of the tank. What do you guys do to keep a plant at a more constant level? Do you just do what I do, and trim them when they get to long? Do you nip the bud of the plant to hinder it's growth, enough light to make is stand it's ground and not rush to the top? I will triple the amount of light I have in my tank sometime this week, and I know this will help on much of the trouble I'm having, but stem plant's will still grow to the top wount they, or do they actually stay in the current possition and focus on sideshots and bushy growth if the light is saditfactory? How you guys are able to grow 10 different species in on big wall without a few overrunning the other I dont know! But, maybe somebody here would care to enlighten me somewhat? Any and all advice will be greatly appriciated!
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I'v been going true the gallery and seen all the wonderfull aquariums people here have sett up, one prettyer than the other! But one thing that puzzels me is this, how the heck to you keep it looking so nice and fresh? Espesially when people use plants like Heteranthera zosterifolia in the forground, or a nice R. Wallichi as a middel plant. The problem in my tank is that everything is growing like crazy, and within a few weeks it's right at the top of the tank. What do you guys do to keep a plant at a more constant level? Do you just do what I do, and trim them when they get to long? Do you nip the bud of the plant to hinder it's growth, enough light to make is stand it's ground and not rush to the top? I will triple the amount of light I have in my tank sometime this week, and I know this will help on much of the trouble I'm having, but stem plant's will still grow to the top wount they, or do they actually stay in the current possition and focus on sideshots and bushy growth if the light is saditfactory? How you guys are able to grow 10 different species in on big wall without a few overrunning the other I dont know! But, maybe somebody here would care to enlighten me somewhat? Any and all advice will be greatly appriciated!
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Old 03-31-2003, 02:00 AM   #3 (permalink)
 
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LOL! A good pair of scissors helps! Seriously, I'm sorry to tell you that pruning is ALWAYS required, it takes a fair amount of time to keep everything looking neat if you're growing high light stem plants. Even plants like anubias barteri v. barteri will eventually outgrow any tank you put them in and have to be divided and replanted. Some stem plants can just be trimmed, many do better if the whole clump is dug up, the bottoms discarded and the tops replanted. If there is a way to train stuff NOT to grow more or higher than you want it to, I wish somebody would let me in on it.

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Old 03-31-2003, 02:21 AM   #4 (permalink)
 
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Trim regularly, then always take the photos when the tank is at its prime.

If you trim regularly -- I trim every weekend -- then you never set all the plants back at once and you usually don't trim any one plant so much that it damages the plant.

Photos are taken when the tank looks its best. Most tanks don't always look the way they do in the photos.

You may not get the effect from the big boost in lighting that you're looking for. The response you get depends on the plants you grow. It seems that many stem plants will not branch a lot until they reach the surface.

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Old 04-04-2003, 02:50 PM   #5 (permalink)
 
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Ditto,
I try to do a few plants at a time so that I'm not uprooting the whole tank, but in a few weeks I'll top and replant almost everything (except the glosso ). In my case I've gotten rid of the real weeds. Some like the stargrass just grew too fast in my tank.

I'm ramping up for pictures now, but after pics I might reduce the light to try and slow the growth. As it stands I trim ~3-5lbs of plants each week.

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