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post #41 of 48 Old 11-20-2009, 10:21 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks Angel.

Well, I guess I'm real detail orientated...:) There is a righ and wrong and I'm learning knowing full well that sometimes, and only sometimes, there is no such thing. Truth is I've already done the dirty deed and am just trying to find out if I did good or not. "Pinching them off at the bottom", I'm real sorry Angel, still does not paint the picture for me. Is that the bottom of the leaf or the entire stem it's a part of?

I guess I'll also spill the beans on the those pale looking ones. I think I did real bad because I do remember one day coming home with a plant or two that, to my surprise, had this long stick like thing attached to other smaller plants. Without first educating myself, I cut them off and placed them I wanted since I couldn't do so if attached. Now, in hind sight, I think I killed them due to their small size. Because I've learned that the long stick is a Rhizome, and that it should not be detached till the new one is at least half it's mama's size...:(

So sorry guys.

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post #42 of 48 Old 11-20-2009, 10:58 AM Thread Starter
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I forgot to mention, on the Bleheri, there were a couple tall stems that were already floating when I planted it and I cut them off at the base. It still looks healthy as it's been 2 weeks now. ButI still do wonder if that's the best way to maintain them though.

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post #43 of 48 Old 11-20-2009, 12:46 PM
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When removing a dead (or obviously dying) leaf on any plant, cut it off at the end of the stem where it emerges from the crown (on swords, etc.) or rhizome (on plants having this).

I wouldn't remove any further leaves from the swords until they are better established, about 3 months usually. When you see new green leaves emerging from the centre of the crown and they develop well, you know the plant is getting settled.

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post #44 of 48 Old 11-20-2009, 02:41 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Byron.

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Fauna: 18 Cardinals, 8 Pygmy Corys, 6 male Endlers, 3 Otos, & 3 Ghost Shrimp
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post #45 of 48 Old 11-20-2009, 02:43 PM
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Sorry I spoke unclear. When I said 'at the bottom' I meant at the end, at the level of the gravel, so pretty much briefly before the root system under gravel starts.
A lot of times any given new plants that you get from the store or orders will have a few yellow stems or leaves here & there, I always cut them out before I even plant them. Then plant them and leave them alone for a good while w/out moving them around nor trimming etc, to give them all a fair chance to establish themselves in the new environment.

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post #46 of 48 Old 11-20-2009, 02:56 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Angel,

That's where I really messed up. I started my tank with only artificial plants and large gravel. Then I replaced the plastic plants with live ones. Then I took it all out, fish included, and change to Flourite Black. Then I added another plant and another. Each time disturbing the existing plants.

What a mess.... Anyway, what's done is done, I'll now just leave it all a lone for at least 3 months before yet another addition or two of plants and rearranging for the last and final tank setup... at least for long while aside from adding my pets...:)

Thanks everyone, you guys have a great help with lots and lots of invaluable advice.

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Flora: 10% Duckweed, Amazon Swords, Java Ferns, Java Moss, Anacharis & Anubias.
Fauna: 18 Cardinals, 8 Pygmy Corys, 6 male Endlers, 3 Otos, & 3 Ghost Shrimp
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post #47 of 48 Old 11-20-2009, 03:14 PM
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Well live & learn, next tank around you'll know better what to expect
You can add plants any time, as long as you plant them w/out disturbing the other right now, eg. don't move the other around or pull them out & replant. Just put new plants into "free" spots.
And yes then leave them alone.

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Flora: 10% Duckweed, Amazon Swords, Java Ferns, Java Moss, Anacharis & Anubias.
Fauna: 18 Cardinals, 8 Pygmy Corys, 6 male Endlers, 3 Otos, & 3 Ghost Shrimp
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