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Old 11-14-2014, 12:45 AM   #1
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How often do you trim plants and where is the best place to cut them at?
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Old 11-14-2014, 12:55 AM   #2
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Haa, doesn't this depend on a whole variety of factors ? Different plants have different trimming methods depending on the look you want to achieve; as well as different growth rates in CO2/non-CO2 tanks, some form bushes well and can take trimming every few days (hemianthus glomeratus), others may not take topping well and replanting tops may be better (some Eriocaulons), some don't like to be moved so topping is preferable (Althernanthera cardinalis/variegated), others may dwarf if you prune very aggressively (HC etc), some plants you may want to keep the crown but just slow down the growth rate by trimming the roots, so many options
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Old 11-14-2014, 01:35 AM   #3
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Usually before it reaches surface, and usually depends on what you want your tank to look.
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Old 11-14-2014, 02:43 AM   #4
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Depends on how you want your tank to look like. I trim it almost weekly because I have a small tank. Some people trim when the plants reach the top of the water. Some people like the messy jungle natural look.

As long as you do not let any dead spots in your tank then feel free to trim away!
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I trimmed a few leafs off some anubias.
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Old 11-14-2014, 05:44 AM   #6
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+1 on it depending on the species, growing condition and desired result.

With anubias, I'll trim to reduce the size of a plant or direct its growth in a particular direction and to harvest sections for use elsewhere. I'll also occasionally go thru and trim a few leaves out if they've grown in particularly thick and I want a more open growth pattern, or to remove older leaves that have become overly algae laden. Where the rhizome is exposed by removing leaves, new leaves will generally grow to fill back in. I'll also trim leaves to equalize the size of old and new growth as it's not uncommon for me to transfer cuttings from a higher light condition where the leaves are growing larger to a lower light conditions where the leaves grow in much smaller. As the new growth fills in, I'll begin to remove the older larger leaves until all the growth is of consistent size. Particularly common when I'm buying nana petite plants as they're almost always grown in high light/c02 conditions and new leaves in my low-tech/moderate light tanks are often 1/2 the prior leaves size.

How often you trim your tanks really depends on your preferences. Some folks, especially those getting fast growth under high tech conditions and/or those looking to sell/replant their trimmings, may well wait until the entire tank is overgrown and do a single massive trim in one long session. Others--and I fall in this camp--do so on a pretty much daily basis, doing a little bit here and there as the need presents.
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