06-19-2007, 07:03 PM
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How to grow my own bunches
I have a 10-gallon planted tank. I have an overly happy ludwigia, two very happy amazon swords, three "peace lillies" (spathiphyllum wallisii), one acorus variegatus, two dracaena sanderiana, and one mystery plant that came courtesy of a used tank I bought. I just have small, bright blue gravel for substrate; I use plantfood pellets once a month and I was adding liquid fertilizer to the water after water changes until I got a horrendous aglae bloom.
It used to have perfect water parameters until something like a red algal bloom killed my biological filter, so we are in the process of recycling the tank. Currently there are only two fish residents.
I would like to cut back the ludwigia and replant the top bunches. Is there any special technique for doing this? Where would be a good place to cut them? They're probably about 12-14 inches in length.
Also, the swords occasionally lose a leaf or two because there are just so many leaves per plant. Is it possible to reroot the leaves? If so, how?