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ForestGupp705 01-10-2011 04:19 PM

Few Questions about Triming Hygro
Hello everyone,

I have a fairly large Hygrophila Difformus that needs a trimming, I have read that you cut the top portions off with about 6 or 7 nodes - Is this just the way to replant hygro babys?.. lol or should I cut from the bottem portion where the root network is and let it re root thus making it bushier?

If I cut the top portions and let it float with a few other hygros That are floating will they survive? or melt down to nothing? anyone ever done this?

I use seachem comprehensive plant supplement 2 time a week roughly 1 ml a time, 26 gallon tank

thankss for the help :):-)

Jwest 01-10-2011 08:38 PM

I just cut mine about 6 nodes from the top and replant them

ForestGupp705 01-11-2011 09:21 AM

True, Does the hygro look wilted or stressed after trimming? Ive just read somewhere that when they trimmed the top portion off the plant, it almost died and took a long time to come back.. ill give it a try n e ways :P

redchigh 01-11-2011 10:29 AM

Hygro difformis is bulletproof IMO.

I like it floating for a little while.. Makes it bushy before you plant it. Need nutrients in the water column if you let it float though... If you use an enriched substrate it won't survive floating.

Hmm, My hygro died actually... But it was allelopathy not anything I did. :P Hygro and crypts don't get along in my tanks.

SinCrisis 01-11-2011 02:28 PM

oh crud, i just planted hygro in my tank and i have tons of crypts...

ForestGupp705 01-11-2011 02:34 PM

lol, time to take that out :] weird that you say that.. I have a cyptocoryne Mi Oya that was beautiful for the longest time until I planted a Hygro right beside it... lol... it melted right away and is struggling to come back, has been making progress but is byfar not its 10 inch self 2 months ago :(

SinCrisis 01-11-2011 02:58 PM

*cringe* mine are planted side by side too....

Jwest 01-11-2011 07:36 PM

the top leaves left do tend to curl up some but new ones began to sprout pretty quickly

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