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A really brilliant thread, is there any chance of a picture showing how densely you plant the stems as I'm finding it incredibly difficult to get my rotalla green to form anything near to the bushes you have.
 

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This is a great thread I appreciate you putting this together for us. I'm just learning about pruning. I just have one question when you first bring your stem plants home do you prune them right away before you plant them or is this too stressful for them?
 

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man this is soooo helpful.. i have a tank full of rotala sp green and rotund in thecorder that always overgrow and i just prune the shoots that go wild, but this makes way more sense.. thanks bud
 

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Mosses can be trimmed back very easily. All that is required is to leave a small portion of viable plant behind. They'll regenerate with their usual somewhat slow growth pattern.

Java ferns and most other long-leaf plants don't like to be trimmed mid-leaf. The best way to thin out a fern is to divide the rhizome.
 

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so i have just set up a new tank 4 weeks ago and my rotala and ludwigia are going nuts, i am getting ready to prune, should i cut them down really low and let the new offshoots grow fromthe original stems and then in a couple of weeks prune the offshoots and not the original stems that were planted?
 

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so i have just set up a new tank 4 weeks ago and my rotala and ludwigia are going nuts, i am getting ready to prune, should i cut them down really low and let the new offshoots grow fromthe original stems and then in a couple of weeks prune the offshoots and not the original stems that were planted?
As long as you're getting good growth - yes.
 

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Wow; I think this is what has always been missing in my aquascaping.. I personally hated pruning. I was always unsure of what I was doing. now--especially with picture proofs--I am convinced I must do this, and even be harsh sometimes! Thanks a lot for this, really.
 

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yes, very illuminating. I just don't have the heart to lob them off when they are growing so well :)

I must admit I like the tank best in the 2nd pic, with the somewhat more unruly and less manicured growth. "Tis the wild side of me :)
 

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In my tanks, one problem with this technique is that by the time my stems approach the tank top, the bottom portions look rather ratty, leafwise. I don't really see the bottoms of yours looking too badly here. Is this something you deal with, or is your lighting intense enough you don't have this problem?



 
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