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  1. so I have a challenge so what if for the month of june and july we choose a tank and we don't trim the plants unless needed ofc E.G plants are harming/killing other plants, fish can't move, Rules . no trimming . The tank has to be Planted . trim the plants if fish, invertebrate, or plant is being harmed from the challenge . post a picture at the start of the month . post some pictures picture every week . you can remove floating plants; salvinia, duckweed, red root floater, etc Have fun I will be doing my 20 long planted tank
  2. You can only use scissors for so long so I finally made the move & ordered a set off Amazon. After some back & forth I went with a full set from Hosmide. I was sold on the first cut
  3. Hi, with a lot of my plants growing quite quickly I was wondering how to dispose of plants that I can't place back in the substrate (such as dwarf aquarium lily leaves). I've read about freezing as an option, but I'm not sure that it would also deal with the bladder and ramshorn snails/eggs in my aquarium. Thanks!
  4. A bunch of baby Java Fern and some nice looking Water Lettuce!
  5. Would this be a good place to trim my Scarlet Temple? It's 9" tall from the surface of the substrate. My substrate is about 6" deep. 2" of organic soil with a perimeter of Eco-Complete followed by 2" of sand and capped with 2" of gravel.
  6. After the initial diatom bloom my Scarlet Temple was hit especially hard. They are making a comeback though. A lot of leaves still look sickly. Should I trim them or will they naturally be replaced?
  7. ... now it looks like a teen who gave in to peer pressure & let her friend trim her bangs at a slumber party!
  8. Which plants can I cut off that have grown to long and replant them? How do I trim plants? Is there an article or something out there with basic information?
  9. I got two of these from Aquarium Co-Op, and was hoping they'd do well enough to grow some surface leaves/pads. Well, they must be real happy because they're thriving and sending up what at this point is too many. They're attractive but are shading out too much light. Do I just keep pruning them off?? Thanks
  10. This is my first attempt with a planted tank. I have heard a bunch of talk about trimming plants back, but haven’t really seen anyone actually do it. My water sprite seems to be doing really good. Pick on the left is when I put it in the tank last Friday. The pic on the right was taken yesterday. It’s already come up out of the water. Do I just cut it back to keep it under the water & can I do anything with what is cut off? Thanks for any help.
  11. Hi all, I have a high tech (decent light, decent soil, ferts, co2) planted tank and i just can't seem to get my ludwigia (ovalis) to grow the way i see it in pictures. Every time I prune it, it shoots 1-2 new sparsely-leaved stalks directly to the surface and grows horizontally from there. So I end up with nothing but diagonal stalks i most of my tank, and a bunch of lovely red/yellow leaves in the top 5% of the water which I can't see due to my aquarium rim. 😄 Is there a secret tip to trimming ludwigia to train it to stop shooting to the surface? Or do you think this behavior is specifically due to my light setup? I have a pretty good light (lifegard aquatics 20W) so I assume i'm just trimming it wrong. I attached a photo of some of the shoots and a screenshot of my attempt at calculating my PAR. I love the ACO community and hope to hear from y'all soon. 🙂
  12. Hi, I've never trimmed aquarium plants before. For stem plants, I should cut, remove the "top half", remove some of the leaves from the bottom of the "top half", plant the "top half" in the substrate (or throw it away if you want). For root plants, I should just cut dead/decaying leaves. That's it. Do I have it right?
  13. I am setting up a new tank and will move some of my Val. Do I cut the runner at the mother plant end? New plant? And do I leave it hanging off or cut it off entirely and toss it? I’m not sure if it propagates from the same runner or if it melts back. I have regular jungle Val and dwarf that have both sent several runners and I’ll be trimming and moving.
  14. Hello everyone, Apologies if this has been asked before... but how would I go about trimming a dwarf aquarium lily? It is so happy in my tank that I have too many lily pads! They are starting to block a lot of light in my low tech tank so I’m worried about my other plants getting enough light. Is it as simple as trimming some of the lily pads at the base of the bulb? Will I hurt anything? I’m used to trimming stem plants but not lily/bulb plants. Thanks guys!
  15. Can these jungle Val trimmings be regrown somehow? Do most of you throw out your trimmings (any plants) or collect them? I have a a 28 filled with mystery snails and duckweed that I often throw scrap type stuff in, and am surprised by how decent it grows just floating in there.
  16. I have a 55 gallon planted aquarium with several stem plants in my background (water sprite, pogo stellatus and ludwigia repens). They are all doing well and so some of them need a trim. Couple questions for the experienced folks on the forum: How low would you trim them? and Would you trim them even if they are not touching the surface to stimulate more bushy growth?
  17. All right so here is a silly thing to whine about but it’s really frustrated me for a long while. To actually try to get in the fluval spec V to do plant trimming I have to take the lid and light off (it’s a planted plus HLC)...then it’s dark in there...even with the overhead on. If I leave the light scooted over to the side, I’m paranoid it’ll fall in or fall out. I tried a headlamp but I’m worried that freaks my fish out. Geez, Idk what I want from you really? I don’t know. Anyone have any words of wisdom? Do you use a headlamp? Just ignore me. Haha I’d like a really step by step procedure video of someone trimming their plants. Ya got that somewhere in your saved videos?
  18. I’m going to trim back my bunch plants, but how far back should I go? If it’s like 3-4”, can the trimmings be replanted in another tank?
  19. I have a plant that I don’t remember the name. While trying to clean algae off it several weeks ago I accidentally plucked one of the leaves off. 🙁 so I just stuck it into the substrate to see what would happen. It didn’t die off and is budding or something. My question is if or when I should remove the sprout-root babies? It seems like they would do better at some stage getting their roots in to the soil. But I’m guessing they are feeding off the leaf at present. Thanks, Z
  20. Does anyone have some insight to the small bubbles coming from my trimmed plant? Did I trim this wrong? I'm sure it's photosynthesising, but should I have trimmed it with on an angle instead of perpendicular?
  21. My valisnaira has become too tall and most of the upper ends of old growth is covered in algae. How should I best trim this? Cut at waterline? base? middle? uproot and thin out old growth? TIA
  22. I have a hospital tank where i keep lose plant trimming to grow out. My theory is the dense vegetation also helps reduce stress in fish while quarantined. I was trimming plants in my guppy tank and i went to throw a plant in there, and i noticed a tiny blue dot moving. I dropped to the floor and looked closer and saw a cloud of blue dots. There's fry in there. I haven't had a fish in there for like, 2 months. The last fish i had in there were forktail rainbow fish and i left them in there a little longer than intended (5 weeks) before moving them to my main tank. Zero clue how the fry have been surviving or how long ago they hatched. Thankfully i have fry food on hand and started feeding immediately. I'm still blown away that i somehow bred fish.
  23. I have one of my Java Fern growing out of a knot of Mopani. I had no idea it would grow this much this fast. Anyway, the rhizome and roots are growing out of the wood. Should I cut the rhizome or would it hurt to just let it grow?
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