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Returning to proper stocking levels
Old 02-04-2012, 11:34 AM   #11
 
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Old 02-04-2012, 12:14 PM   #12
 
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Would you be able to add numbers next to the plants in the first (complete tank) photo? This would make it easier to provide names for this and that plant.

The plants in the shrimp tank are easy to distinguish. Left to right they are (I think) Sagittaria, Bacopa, the single stem is Egeria (or Elodea), the low plant in the back is i think Anubias (as is the low plant at right front), then Bacopa again, then the stem plant we tried to ID in another thread a few weeks back and I've forgotten what was decided.

To the question on trimming, this is up to you based upon how you want the plants to grow. Stem plants will simply grow longer stems toward the light source. If you want to keep them below the surface, pull up the clump when needed, cut off the top portions (length is up to you provided there are several nodes, nodes being the point from which the leaves grow on the stem) and replant the top cut portions. Discard the lower portions. With some stem plants, you can leave them and cut off the top portions the same and replant those. The bottom portions may sprout new shoots. This depends upon species. And whether you want more of the plant. Usually it is better to pull the stems p and cut and replant the better-looking tops.

If you allow them to continue growing at the surface, they will sometimes grow along the surface, sometimes up above; depends upon the species. But in either case, the lower leaves usually rot off due to less light and the plant putting most of its energy into the growing tips.

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Old 02-06-2012, 08:18 PM   #13
 
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Thank you Bryon. So I apparently have 2 types of Bacoba? The one on the right is more dainty. Would I cut both lile you suggest? So I can just discard the lower half? Would it be ok to just plop the upper half in the sand without any roots? Someone suggested on another thread, that the plant on the far right is Wisteria.

Update on the Anubius, I tied one using fishing line to the ceramic log. The other I tied to a piece of Mylasian Bog wood.

This tank is not heated and runs at about 75 degrees.
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Old 02-07-2012, 11:37 AM   #14
 
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Thank you Bryon. So I apparently have 2 types of Bacoba? The one on the right is more dainty. Would I cut both lile you suggest? So I can just discard the lower half? Would it be ok to just plop the upper half in the sand without any roots? Someone suggested on another thread, that the plant on the far right is Wisteria.

Update on the Anubius, I tied one using fishing line to the ceramic log. The other I tied to a piece of Mylasian Bog wood.

This tank is not heated and runs at about 75 degrees.
The one on the right is looking more like Ludwigia to me. I can see they are different.

Both of these, whatever they are, will grow as I pre viously suggested. The upper ends will be the nicer, so it's up to you how you trim them. You can let them continue to grow at the surface but as I said they usually get very sparse lower down and cause open areas as the leaves fal off. If you decide to cut off the upper portions, leave enough stem so you can remove a leaf or two at the bottom and stick that cut end in the substrate. Roots will form to anchor it.

We had thought of Wisteria in that other thread. Looking at your plant, I am not at all certain of this.
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Old 02-08-2012, 11:59 PM   #15
 
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So I trimmed the plant on the far right (wisteria?) Threw the bottom half away, to include the root. Some of the stems had new roots growing, so I'm thinking they will grow well.
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