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Pruning Water sprite
Do you cut the stalk from the bottom? Can you then plant that stalk in another part of the tank ,will it grow roots and produce other stalks.?
If you look closely at Water Sprite, especially as it gets large, you can usually see bunches of roots forming all over the place. That's a new plant, you can pluck it right off and it will grow just fine (very similar to Java Fern, but Water Sprite grows much faster).
That's usually what I do, I pluck off a few and then throw away the large fern (mine is floating). Within two weeks the new plants are large themself and by week three I'm throwing them away yet again. Their growth when floating at least is the fastest I've seen with any plant.
This one is the floating version. Hah! This pic says Ceratopteris thalictroides too, so take your pick: floating or planted.
One bit of information - although both versions grow fast, the floating version would probably do the most good for the tank, having only air between itself and the lighting. It is also supposed to have access to atmospheric CO2 and use that.
Mine is Ceratopteris thalictroides, which is not considered the 'floating version' but I can attest to personal experience that it floats, and grows, just fine. It may not be as fast as Ceratopteris cornuta (I've never been able to find it) but it certainly is working out just fine for me as a floating plant.
I think this is a good time for me to cut off a frond of thalictroides and try to float some of the subfronds (smallest division). I've got slowly returning algae and if I can wait long enough it should help.
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