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post #31 of 304 Old 02-19-2010, 01:30 PM
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I only ordered 1 for my 55g. You can split the three plants as you wish. Like Angel stated, they will shoot out runners very quickly and fill in in just a few months time. I only ordered one at her suggestion
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post #32 of 304 Old 02-19-2010, 01:33 PM
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Thanks Angel!

I am going to place the order tonight once I get home...thats just the finalized list....

how many narrow leaf chains should I go with? i don't want them overwhelming the tank, but a good amount...she said they are available in pots, and there are 3 to a pot...I was thinking of ordering 2 pots and break up the individual plants(if possible)....order has not been offically placed. yet
Johnny, if there are 3 to a pot, one pot is plenty. I bought one lone plant in October 2008 and within 5 months it was everywhere in the 90g tank. I pull up runners and plantlets every 2 weeks to keep it in check along the front. Which is fine, it is a good plant for the front and substrate cover, grows fast so is filtering the water well, and it must be happy.

In my 115g I have a similar chain sword, E. quadricostatus, slightly larger leaves. These plants are direct decendants from one plant I bought in 1997. I also yank these out regularly.

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plants are officially ordered!!! thanks for the advice everyone, I took it down to one pot of the narrow leaf chain sword....
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post #34 of 304 Old 02-19-2010, 08:23 PM
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Harri slow chants... plants, plants, plants, plants, while tapping aquascaping scissors on the table.

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Harri slow chants... plants, plants, plants, plants, while tapping aquascaping scissors
they make 'aquascaping scissors?? or are they household scissors that you've deemed aquascaping scissors??
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LOL, Eric! I bought "aquascaping scissors" too. I threw them in with my order from Fosters and Smith. Johnny, they're really only stainless steel scissors, but nice and sharp to cut plants easier. Here are the one's I got. Reef Aquariums & Planted Aquariums Care: Aquatic Tissue Scissors I got the 6 1/2" pair. Most plant keepers will probably tell you they are not needed. Plants can just be pinched at the base with your fingers, but I thought these might be good for those stubborn plants that just don't want to cooperate
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I also have a pair. They come in very handy as you can be much more precise in your pruning than you can be with "fingers".

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On drs foster and smith they have a 24" pair. I want those but they are $65.
And for pinching the leaves. Yeah if you're a girl with nails. I pinch and stuff starts coming out of the substrate because I have to pinch, squeeze, twist. I have no nails long enough. If I even so much as breathe near my dwarf onions they pop out. Hell, all I have to do is wake up and some are floating. Like this am. But man are they growing.

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On drs foster and smith they have a 24" pair. I want those but they are $65.
And for pinching the leaves. Yeah if you're a girl with nails. I pinch and stuff starts coming out of the substrate because I have to pinch, squeeze, twist. I have no nails long enough. If I even so much as breathe near my dwarf onions they pop out. Hell, all I have to do is wake up and some are floating. Like this am. But man are they growing.
And not if you're a girl with "man hands", lol. I also wanted that 24" pair but just couldn't part with $65.00 for a pair of scissors. I purchased a pair of 7" hair cutting scissors (Lacross stainless steel) with long blades and deemed them "aquatic scissors". They work great and were less than 10 bucks.

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And not if you're a girl with "man hands", lol. I also wanted that 24" pair but just couldn't part with $65.00 for a pair of scissors. I purchased a pair of 7" hair cutting scissors (Lacross stainless steel) with long blades and deemed them "aquatic scissors". They work great and were less than 10 bucks.

hahah i think i'll get a pair of regular hair cutting scissors and deem them "the ultimate plant cutting wizzard scissors" hahahaha
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