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Old 04-14-2004, 02:53 PM   #1
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I'm haveing a problem with my vals sending runners all over my tank. I'd like to keep them in the background. What I was thinking of doing is getting a 3" strip of glass cut to the lenght of the tank and making a barrier so the runners have to stay towards the back of the tank. Anyone else tried this or have thoughts on the matter?

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Old 04-14-2004, 03:40 PM   #2
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That's not a bad idea. You can probably use plexiglass...might be cheaper, and you won't have to worry about it shattering if something should happen (I'm thinking of a large rock accidentally being placed on top of it)
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Old 04-14-2004, 03:45 PM   #3
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vals do love to spread. I think the runners will go up and over your barrier, but they'll be a lot easier to control that way. I keep a clump of contortion vals in one corner of my 75 g tank. Every other week or so I reach in there and remove the ones that are getting started where I don't want them. Just takes a minute and the LFS will usually take the plants I remove. They go in the trash otherwise. Dan
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Old 04-14-2004, 04:06 PM   #4
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or instead of getting a glass, you could put a piece of driftwood in front of it so the runners will grow to the left and right in the background. the runners dont usually go upwards so as long as the wood is covering the whole bottom, it should be fine. Thats what I did with mine.
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Old 04-14-2004, 06:30 PM   #5
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Interesting idea, DW. Like most others, I've always clipped and replanted. Let us know how your plexiglass idea works out (if you try it). I'll bet you would never even see it once the rest of your plants grow in around it.
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Old 04-14-2004, 09:45 PM   #6
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Sounds a lot like what terrestrial gardeners do to contain bamboo. We would use plastic or metal sheets buried in the ground to form a barrier.

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Old 04-15-2004, 03:10 PM   #7
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Good idea about the plexi-glass...will be going to the glass shop on Friday to get a strip cut for me....who knows, might get a few extra strips to mould into squares to contain some other plants...will let ya know how it works out.

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