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Any need to trim?

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Old 02-15-2011, 11:23 AM   #1
 
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Any need to trim?

So this plant always grows like crazy, Im just wondering if theres an actual need to trim it cause its growing along the surface and looks cool.

Photo kinda sucks cause my phone doesnt do too well with how bright the leaves are being right next to the light.

Sidenote: does this count as a floating plant or would it have to be 100% floating, which i still dont get how that works.
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Old 02-15-2011, 11:34 AM   #2
 
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It looks like Rotalia? Do the leaves get reddish in intense light?
I have some rooted, but if it work for you floating, so much the better!
If it is Rotalia, you can take a cutting, strip some bottom leaves and stick it in the substrate. Roots quickly.

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Old 02-15-2011, 11:38 AM   #3
 
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oh yea thats defineately rotala rotundifolia. I have this in one of my 10 gallon tanks and its one of my favs. It grows cery quickly. Its a stem plant and they love to be trimmed. As far as a must, it will block light from other plants below it and this plant does need higher light to get its nice red color.
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Old 02-15-2011, 11:45 AM   #4
 
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Its got some red on it, i forgot about it blocking light so ill just keep it as it is cause right now its not over much.

I planted just 2 small clippings of this plant from another tank in the start now it looks like there 8 coming up from behind a rock.
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Old 02-15-2011, 11:48 AM   #5
 
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i love this plant. If you trim, then the node closest to the trimmed area will grow more plants from it. I usually get 2-3 new stems from the trimmed nodes. I put 2 clumps of this plant from the LFS and already its almost covered half the tank in trimmings!
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Old 02-15-2011, 03:23 PM   #6
 
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Ya heres one of the other tanks with it, its gotten a bit out of hand...
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Old 02-16-2011, 01:20 PM   #7
 
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lol..

The only reason to trim IME, is that the larger the plant gets, the more likely it is to drop it's lower leaves.
Yes, if it was me, I would could that as both a stem, floating, and rooted plant. (I bet it's got quite a root system.)
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