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OOOhh..a new forum, awesome!
My Rotala green grows up and then swoops down in sweeping stems, I kind of like it that way.
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Stem plants love scissors, so don't be afraid to hack them back

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Scissors grab the pruning sheers or hedge trimmer
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Yeah right...sure, but our favorite scissor source DOES NOT carry short curved scissors..
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Sure we do You must not have paid us a visit lately

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My gawd.. that linked thread has shed me some new light. THANKS.

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Gonna try that once my stems grow back
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I had always thought that getting rotala green to grow downwards took high light. Below, is rotala green growing downwards in only 1.5 wpg T5 light.

How is this look achieved?

Hi KDahlin

Do you have a link to the thread where that picture was posted? Is it one of Tom Barr's lighting posts using his PAR meter?

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sorry, so if I were to cut my now 1.5' tall rotala down to like 4" tall, it WILL NOT kill the rotala and the rotala will grow back bushier. . .i only say this because I've worked a while just to get my plants to grow and I'm nervous of cutting the centerpiece plants and killing it like what could happen if you did that to let's say garden plants outside
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You'll be fine, this is rotala green you're talking about, right fishboy?
The "regular" rotalas such as green, colorata, indica and others that look like these (just diff color or something) grow fast and easy. Hard plant to kill. I have had some that grow out of the soil because I uprooted/cut all of my rotala sp. green and they somehow had a stem under the substrate still or I must have missed a TINY portion. It regrew back into my tank and I kinda just left it there now. Like I said though, hard to kill. :-P Good thing they're nice.
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yeah, I was talking about indica. . .to be safe, I think I'll just remove it all and plant the tops. . .thanks!
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Trim it and replant the tops to make a bigger bush. That's what I do with all my stem/rotala plants to make them look bushy.
Works like a charm :-)
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Hi KDahlin

Do you have a link to the thread where that picture was posted? Is it one of Tom Barr's lighting posts using his PAR meter?
Hi Left C,

it came from here: http://www.aquascapingworld.com/foru...hairgrass.html

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