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eug 06-12-2012 01:33 PM

Pygmy chain sword question
 
I have planted some pygmy chain sword plants in my newly set-up tank and I'm quite happy to see it's growing nicely, sending runners and plantlets virtually anywhere where there's an opening in the substrate. My question is, I can foresee in coming months that it will have totally taken over the substrate - will it get to a point where I have to constantly cut back runners/remove plantlets in order to prevent the plants from overcrowding themselves? Or, can these plants be grown so densely that new plants can grow literally right next to older plants without it becoming a problem?

maxw47 06-12-2012 02:00 PM

It really does not matter either way. But after a while you will probably need to cut some out because they could get so dense that new plantlets just don't have room to root into the substrate. But if you don't like the look of that extreme density, just cut plants out. Most LFS will take extra plants for store credit. That's what I do with my extra pygmy chain swords.

Byron 06-12-2012 06:45 PM

Agree. I like to keep some open areas, esp if you have substrate fish, and at each water change I usually have to cut off a runner or two in the tanks with this plant. If I leave them, within no time you will have a true carpet.

SinCrisis 06-14-2012 02:29 PM

Also, if you do a full carpet, the plants will eventually float their runners, the plants will grow a second carpet over the first and, if you really neglect it and let it go, the bottom will die and the entire carpet will float.

eug 06-14-2012 04:58 PM

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Originally Posted by SinCrisis (Post 1116478)
Also, if you do a full carpet, the plants will eventually float their runners, the plants will grow a second carpet over the first and, if you really neglect it and let it go, the bottom will die and the entire carpet will float.

Ah yes, that's what I wanted to know. Sounds like a mess, I guess I'll have to start trimming runners at some point!


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