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I have always had good luck cutting stem plants approx. two pair of leaflets above the area above the substrate. I get two new side shoots at the area that I have pruned, and after the side shoots have grown two to three pairs of leaflets I prune again. The tops that have been cut get replanted closely next to the original plant (making for a real "bushy" look), or in another tank. It's easy and what works for me. Little diagram, in case it's helpful:
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That's a good illustration kymmie posted; I've saved it, if only I can remember it next time the question is asked again.
Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada
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You should post a updated pic of your tank by now I'd love to see one. Some plants can really get quite "invasive" under the right conditions in your tank and you may wind up like I gotta do on both the larger tanks and trim the plants weekly to keep matters in 'check'
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I did the trim and the plants look alot more full like I said, I also picked up a shoal of peppered (i think) corydoras. They are sooo freakin' cool.... the tank is really starting to fill in quite nicely...my one sword is looking awesome...the other twos seem to hit a growing stunt....I'll work on photos tonight....
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