01-20-2009, 03:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Amphitrite
Mags, you can keep your lotus compact, leafy and submerged by trimming the larger and floating leaves off once the plant starts to reach a larger size. I would advise that you use really sharp scissors to do so because crushed or torn stems can prove fatal. It's also important to trim as close to the base of the plant as you can. If your lotus starts putting out tendrils across the gravel, that's how it spreads. It's a good idea to trim them unless you want a tank full of lotus. Using an iron fertilisation will help to keep and even intesify the colour. Give it a month or six weeks to really settle in, trimming the extra large leaves and those racing for the top, you'll find that you can shape it to suit your taste. In time it'll probably shoot up a spike and bloom. They do that in tanks with rich substrates and bright lights. As I mentioned before, I absolutely love this plant and I hope it continutes to do well for you.
Thanks!! Very helpful info here and from everyone..I look forward to maintaining this plant!
I really need to get a hold on the algea and cyanobacteria in the 55 though....And I don't wanna dose the tank... GOnna post about it.