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.