08-02-2010, 08:39 PM
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I saw those long plant trimmers on fosters & smith, I didn't bother with them....alot of leaves you can snip using your nail and pressing it against your thumb, personally I wouldn't waste your money, but it's your cash!!!!
as far as knowing what to trim and what not to....I've been lucky with about 90% of my plants, my pennywort and rotala grow to the top of the tank weekly and I have to trim them weekly or else they 'float' on top of the water. other than that I haven't needed to trim and 'dead' area off of my stem plants.
I've been battling a nutrient fight with my swords, I think I've discovered the root of the problem, which makes me happy, but I lost of of leaves in the process. I'm seeing new growth, which is a good thing. Byron and I have been trying to figure it out and I've just about narrowed it down.
As for the floating leaves that lay on the filter input, I've only found one way which works for me and getting them off the filter effectively. It's dumb, but it works = weekly I need to clean my cansiter filter, which means I need to re-prime the filter, and during that process air escapes from the pump, and causes the leaves to float everywhere and all over the place. When this happens I simply net out all the particles floating on the surface. As I said, it sounds ridicilious, and even more ridicilious when I type it out haha, but it works!
my fish also love hanging out in rotala, I always see my black skirts hanging out in there...