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post #21 of 174 Old 03-13-2012, 05:53 PM
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+1 on the black background. That really helps everything pop! LoL on the other side it makes it really easy for dying leaves to stand out more then the nice green leaves.
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post #22 of 174 Old 03-13-2012, 07:08 PM Thread Starter
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Coming along fine. Just needs a background, and I suggest plain non-shiny black. Constructino paper that you buy at craft and hobby stores works fine. Two sheets cut and taped together to cover the outer back wall of the tank. This would make a vast difference. And the plants will fill in as they grow.

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Thanks Bryon, I was planning to do constrution paper, but I haven't got to it.

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The tops of my Cabomba are have fanned out. I'm happy about that, because I know they're REALLY growing!! My val still works about the same, but I think it's using it's energy to rebuild dying leaves. Should I remove those leaves?

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I always do on my vals. Not sure if you should or not. My thoughts is if it is dead it needs to be removed. Though not sure if it is good for the plant or not?
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I always do on my vals. Not sure if you should or not. My thoughts is if it is dead it needs to be removed. Though not sure if it is good for the plant or not?
Ok, I'll do so. Thanks!

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i LOVE the color of the sand! so bright and happy! looks like its coming along well, and i agree with you, you do need more plants! but take is slowly, especially to do it right.

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post #28 of 174 Old 03-16-2012, 04:58 PM
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I always do on my vals. Not sure if you should or not. My thoughts is if it is dead it needs to be removed. Though not sure if it is good for the plant or not?
Just like people plants love being groomed. Think of it as a nice haircut and fresh shave. You want to remove any dead or dieing leaves/stems so the plant can focus it's energy on new growth rather than struggling to keep the dieing portions alive. Let them breath

Also any plants you bought from tubes or where they were propagated emersed it helps to cut the old emersed growth off once there is enough new growth, that way (same as above) the plant can devote it's energy to the fresh new submersed growth rather than struggling to keep the emersed growth alive.

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Just like people plants love being groomed. Think of it as a nice haircut and fresh shave. You want to remove any dead or dieing leaves/stems so the plant can focus it's energy on new growth rather than struggling to keep the dieing portions alive. Let them breath

Also any plants you bought from tubes or where they were propagated emersed it helps to cut the old emersed growth off once there is enough new growth, that way (same as above) the plant can devote it's energy to the fresh new submersed growth rather than struggling to keep the emersed growth alive.
Kinda what I was thinking Kangy but have heard you are not suppose to cut the blades on vals as it will kill them. I still do though lol never had a problem with mine.
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You may be right, not sure about the val's probably should of checked before I blurted out a "catch all" statement My wife had to take my electric hedge trimmer and pruning shears from me because she got tired of the random shaped bushes in the front yard lol. I like to clean and trim. Even with two kids and a dog my AZ lawn is like a golf course year round

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