Alright I have my planted aquarium and it looks pretty darn nice but I do have an issue. I have a lot of dead plant debris that makes it's way around the tank and settles either on the filter intake or gets stuck in other plants. I am forever dipping pieces of Pennywort and Rotala out but it is difficult to get to the bottom of my tank. It is 25 inches deep and it means for wet armpits if I have to reach down to the bottom.
I am curious as to which, if any, tools any of you use to maintain a clean, healthy planted tank? I have seen long handled tweezer type things and am thinking about purchasing them for grooming the plants. I have yet to cut anything off the plants. I am just not confident that I will know what should be cut and which shouldn't be. I have had leaves on my Amazon Sword kind of brown and then turn green again. I do have new growth on the plant now too even though I have just left the old cruddy looking leaves on it.
The tips of my Java Fern are brownish (still) and I don't know if I should be cutting them off or leaving them. My Rotala still looks rough, In my opinion, or I just don't really like the look of the plant. To me, it looks kind of scrappy looking. The fish however, hang out in there a lot so I am holding off from removing it hoping it will still take off and get thicker and nicer looking.
So folks, How do you prune your aquatic plants to keep the tank looking nice? How do you know what needs to go and what doesn't? How do you decide when to give up hope on a plant?