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I have been researching with no success on how to properly prune Vallisneria spiralis. I bought a plant package and it has been growing very well. My Vallisneria has gotten out of control. I have C02 with ph meter and lighting of about 2.25 watts per gallon. How exactly do you prune this plant..Can you cut it half way down stem and replant. I am hoping to get it thicker as opposed to taller. If you do cut it half way down can you replant the stems that were cut or transfer them to another aquarium. Thanks..I am planning a planted Discus Tank and also would like to know the best plant for cover over substrate. My substrate is mixed..Small gravel and some plant substrate.
 

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So what is the best way..Maybe I misunderstood your response but Do the brown tops stay brown where they are trimmed. I would like to thicken them up without all the length. Is there a certian place to cut them.
 

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Ok I feel pretty ignorant right now but i gotta ask. I guess I am confusing leaves and stems, so if i want to shorten plant by 6-8 inches do I snip the plant at the length I want it to be in the tank. If so can you replant the tops that are cut. Also will vals withstand water temps of 82. Thanks for your help
 

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So is that what most people do with these plants or do they just let them go? What happens to the brown edge..Does it stay brown. Thanks
 

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Beautiful Tanks..Mine has really grown and spread out over the top 1/3 my tank and it does look good..Will it keep growing and continue to spread..Maybe I planted to much of it..One more question. I just got done removing root like brown grass from the bottoms (most of it) to the top of my Rotala rotundifolia. I actually pulled the plants out of substrate to remove what I could without damaging plants. It looked like the color of the roots and was like a thick spiderweb. I am new to this part of aquarium projects so i do appreciate any help I can get. Could anyone tell me what this was, what caused it and how to avoid it in the future. My aquarium is planted very heavy as was suggested. I have C02 with ph meter and am slowly lower my ph to 6.5. My gh is 13 (which I am trying to lower) and my KH is 7. Phosphate is 0 to .5(hard to read color) all other parameters are as they should be..Thanks
 

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Whats the best (and easiest) to remove it. As I said in an earlier post I uprooted them and tried to pick this stuff off...Of course I lost a few stems or runners along the way...Would cutting the root system down help any?..is there any way to prevent this or should I just look at another plant for that area..Thanks for the advice.
 

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Thats what I was doing but these things were wrapped up tight and went up about half way on alot of stems.Maybe thats just the way it is but i would think that if this were a common issue, no one would want these plants..mine do look great from half way up..nice red tint at top..Hate to lose them.
 
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