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I was wondering why my cabomba is not *Fluffy* like a cabomba should be. I have a ton of cabomba and all its doing is growing tall, any suggestions please

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Size - 110 gallon
Light - 40w
Co2 reactor/diffuser
I also add nutrients every week.

Please help i want *fluffy* cabomba T_T
 

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Also i wanted to add they are about 30 inchs tall :O
 

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mine did this it started to almost grow flat lobes that were all bunched up i dont know why i removed the whole plant
 

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i'm so upset tho i thought it would grow *fluffy* so my fish can swim throught them :/ i'm thinking its because of there hight and there trying to get more light.
 

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You will need to cut the plant sideways and it will grow more than just one shoot giving it a bushy appearance.
 

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what do you mean side ways? =/= <-- like that if == was the stem and / was the cut? also i found a light i was wondering of i should nail it to the wall in the back of my aquarium? to give the stems at the bottem some light?
 

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KishFeeper said:
what do you mean side ways? =/= <-- like that if == was the stem and / was the cut?
Position the scissors in a slant manner.
 

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ok and my co2 is a 4 litre bottle is that ok?
 

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Lots more light. Cabomba likes the light that is why it is growing so thin and so tall. It is stretching for the light. I would say that 125 watts should help it grow much bushier and it will fill out much better. I did an experiment with it and let it grow floating for a week and the parts that floated were thick and lush where the ones planted were thin and lanky.

As for the CO2, pressurized or DIY? I am guessing DIY so you will want to switch to 3-5 2 liter bottles so that they are staggered and will produce much better than a single bottle. 2-3, 4 liter bottles could work but I would want 3 so you can stagger then like 5-8 days apart so they CO2 production is steady and constant. Fluctuations will cause algae especially if it drops below 30ppm.
 

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ok wait i just found a small bright uv light i think about 40w again i was thinking of puting it at the back of my aquarium so the bottems can get some light, right now its on the top.
 

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its a light issue. you need so much light for cobomba, its such a demanding plant- i cant work out why it is sold to starters in the hobby.
At the bottom it looks like a pipe cleaner toward the top it looks bushy- thats a sign it wants light- just cut the bushy part plant it in the substrate eventually repeating this process you will find the bushy part becomes larger- its a pain but it is the only way you will grow it with your current setup-
also this plant is sensitive to flake food, if flake food is caught in its leaves they will rot- so net off excess food.
 

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ive always had cabomba die after about 4 weeks so i dont bother with it hornwort or millfoil look better and are easyier to grow
 
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