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post #1 of 6 Old 06-08-2014, 12:25 PM Thread Starter
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My tank is nearing a balance between nitrate output and usage, which I'm quite happy about, but given the extra plant nutrients, C02 and around 12 hours of light a day the plants are going to be attempted to escape from the tank before long. At the moment I've only gained about 5 ppm in the last 3 weeks with 12 fish.

Is there a proper way to prune?

How long, generally, will it take hornwort or cabomba to root?

In the long run I suppose the nitrate usage will rise as more plants are using it, but I take it the usage will drop in the short run?

At what point is the tank overcrowded with plants? I know I need some free space in the middle for the fish to zip around in, but currently the big plants on the edges are running along the top of the tank as they're out of room to grow upwards.

I can't find any information on the rooting pattern of either plant, how close is too close for them? Or do they not work like terrestrial plants in that they need so much space at the root level?

What do I do with the parts that I've pruned off? Trash them? Burn them? Freeze them and make decorations? What are my options? I've got a few snails in my tank so I doubt reselling them will be a feasible.

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post #2 of 6 Old 06-13-2014, 09:11 PM Thread Starter
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So any opinion on any of these at all?

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post #3 of 6 Old 06-14-2014, 09:50 AM
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Hornwort won't root. Trust me. I am so frustrated with it. You can plant it and the buried part will die but at a slower rate than the exposed part growing. So...when it is time to prune my hornwort, I take it out and break the bottom off and replant. I think caboma will grow roots but I don't have any (would like it) so I have no experience with it. The great thing about stem plant is that you can prune them basically from the top and replant the clippings and have more plants.

As far as what point is overcrowded, I think it is a matter of opinion. Whatever you like your tank to look like is your preference. As long as you don't have dying and decaying plants it could be as full as you like it.
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post #4 of 6 Old 06-14-2014, 01:12 PM Thread Starter
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Ah, alright. I'll put off on trimming the hornwort for the moment, the green cabomba is growing so I think its rooted.

Do the fish have any preference? The zebra danios in particular, the others are more or less sedentary at any moment in time.

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Do the fish have any preference? The zebra danios in particular, the others are more or less sedentary at any moment in time.
Is this in reference to your question about how much is overgrown? I don't know that fish really have a preference. The more plants you have the harder it may be to count your fish to make sure they're all there. I know my angels like to hang out in plants.
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post #6 of 6 Old 06-16-2014, 01:59 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah. I know the platys and bristlenose plecos don't move around that much, but I've seen the kuhli's go from 0 to 100 and zip around and the danios play a lot.

I think I'm going to try rooting them closer together, the ones I got from the store were bundles and nice, out by itself the plants are less attractive, the green cabomba especially.

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