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Any suggestions on Hydrocotyle sibthorpioides

I have some Hydrocotyle sibthorpioides and they are just getting out of hand. I was just wondering if any one has any ideas or tips to keep this plant nice and neat looking?

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I feel like this entire genus is filled with plants that's sole purpose is to become a mess. I say just keep thinning it and condensing it.

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the whole genus DOES exhibit this growing habit. diligent pruning is really the only way, especially in a brightly lit tank that encourages flat growth.
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I have some but don't know where to place it? Is it a middle ground type plant or background?
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it's foreground, mid and back. If you keep it tamed and trimmed it's a good foreground. Let it get loose and it'll be back/mid in a smaller tank.
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I have some Hydrocotyle sibthorpioides and they are just getting out of hand. I was just wondering if any one has any ideas or tips to keep this plant nice and neat looking?

Thanks Shiggy! This little plant is just adorable! Any tips in regards to forming a carpet effect? This may be one of my favorites now

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Light controls it best. I don't have enough light to grow it as a carpet but closer to the surface it made a dense ball growing in my Limnophila Sessiliflora bush.
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it's foreground, mid and back.
LOL yeah pretty much. I've given mine boatloads of light and it's still reaching for the sky. I'd say trimming is unavoidable in order to keep it as a foreground plant.

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i tend to let it grow and do a massive trim every few weeks
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