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Old 03-23-2019, 08:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default What plants are these (and can I cut them down)?

I just bought some plants for the back of my tank. You can see them here: https://imgur.com/a/vJ4Mjot

The only one that was labeled was the one on the right, echinodorus argentinensis

It turns out, they were mostly wan too tall for my tank. I found a guide to trimming the echinodorus argentinensis and I removed the tallest leaves and stems. Does anyone know if new leaves will grow to fit the aquarium, or will they always be huge?

I'm also wondering about the middle one in the back. It's so long it curves over on the top of the water. Can I cut these in half so they're half as high, or will this kill them?

If anyone knows the names of these, that would be great.

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Old 03-23-2019, 11:13 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Echinodorus leaves generally get bigger as the plant gets older and the roots spread throughout the tank. I've given up on keeping Echinodorus in tanks less than 18 inches wide (front to back); they grow too big in about a year and look squashed between the front and back glass in a 12 inch wide tank. Your strap-like plants are probably Vallisneria, and yes you can cut them to whatever length you like; it wont kill the plant. Not sure what the reddish plant on the left is - maybe red temple plant?
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Thanks! I gave the strappy plants a haircut. I think I will replace the super huge one.
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Welcome to APC! I agree with Gerald. I suspect most of us have planted those species and quickly found that they are much too big for our tank. I found that this discovery was a good time to start doing some research and deciding what plants to replace them with.
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Cryptocoryne affinis is my favorite Echinodorus-shaped plant for small to medium-size tanks.
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