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post #261 of 304 Old 04-13-2010, 11:13 AM
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Stunning, Johnny. Looking really nice! My pennywort is looking like yours. Same with my anacharis. My ludwigia is taking its good old time though. Now, where do you live? You're going to find that piece of DW missing one day
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post #262 of 304 Old 04-13-2010, 11:21 AM Thread Starter
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next county over!!!!!

haha!!! sounds like I need to invest in a guard dog.....

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post #263 of 304 Old 04-13-2010, 01:50 PM
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what the are the little grassy looking plants in front and on the right side of your dw? How big do they get? I am looking for something for the front right of my tank to fill some empty areas that I want low plants in to not block the view of others in the middle. And to give the kuhli's something to swim around in and yet feel safe there. I like the looks of those a lot.

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post #264 of 304 Old 04-13-2010, 08:34 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone!!!!

I got the e-mail about a sale @ SA this weekend....hmmmm......

Pep, they are narrow leaf chain swords....i only planted two of the plants....all the smaller ones to the right of the DW are runners from the original one...they only get about 2-4 inches tall from what I've read...

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post #265 of 304 Old 04-14-2010, 06:46 AM
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Its filling in soooo nicly

I seen the SA email too and was wondering what else plants I may need now that I gave a BUNCH overgrown stuff away lol

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post #266 of 304 Old 04-18-2010, 01:00 PM
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WOW Johnny its looking great!!!! :D

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post #267 of 304 Old 04-20-2010, 05:39 PM Thread Starter
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How to trim plants...

Sooooo, the time has finally come...I need trim back some of these plants....

the plants in question are my two pennyworts...they are both riding the top of the water. The other is the ludwigia...same deal...

do you trim the plant at the root?? (cuz that would lose the whole stem) or do you trim it maybe half way up the plant??? never done it before so I'm a little lost....thanks!!!

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post #268 of 304 Old 04-20-2010, 05:49 PM
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I always pull the plant up and cut off the top portion as far down as you want it, then push the top cut end in the substrate; it will root very quickly, and in some species roots will already be along the stem anyway (like Pennywort, Wisteria). This way the new growth end which is the most attractive is always on top. And the plant naturally grows upward towards the light, so the top end has the best growth.

If you leave the bottom end in the substrate and cut off the top, the bottom may sprout two new stems from the node where it is cut. But I usually find that the bottom part of the existing stem is not as nice as the top portions, often without leaves in some species, so I prefer the above method to keep the plants always fresh looking.

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post #269 of 304 Old 04-20-2010, 07:33 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the quick response B.

So you're saying I should cut the longest stems in half (roughly) then take the part I cut off and re-root it?? So I guess that'll make the plant look 'more full' too huh???

Also, while on the topic, my swords have seem to hit a wall growing....is this normal??? They are hovering around 5"-8" high....

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So you're saying I should cut the longest stems in half (roughly) then take the part I cut off and re-root it?? So I guess that'll make the plant look 'more full' too huh???
The length is up to you, and depends upon how long a plant you want and what it looks like. I currently have Pennywort in one of the Amazonian tanks and Wisteria in the Asian. I find that the Pennywort, by the time it reaches the surface, has rather sparse-looking less green leaves closer to the base, so when it is time to trim the stem, I pull it up and cut off the parts that look ratty, leaving the nicer-looking top ends; sometimes these might still be 15+ inches long, sometimes only 7 or 8 inches. They soon grow back to the surface, usually within the week or maybe two. And cutting them at different lengths creates a nicer "bush" look, with 3-4 stems of differing lengths. Looks more natural.

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Also, while on the topic, my swords have seem to hit a wall growing....is this normal??? They are hovering around 5"-8" high....
Echinodorus do go through growth spurts. All of my E. bleherae sent out flower spikes last Nov/Dec, 2 or 3 per plant, and each with 2 or 3 branches. All at once, basically. And I have noticed that the leaves tend to grow more during certain times, then kind of slow down. New leaf growth the same. I suspect this is the reason. The only other thing would be a decline in nutrients (or light).

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