Saturday is maintenance day. Was out of town most of the week, so things were left to grow wild. A few groupings have become too thick, and it was time for a serious trim.
Here's things after a week of untouched growth. I've mentioned growth is slower with the new dosing, but make no mistake, things are still growing.
Getting the battle station ready.............
The Limno Aromatica Mini is a thick mass and starting to grow into the Macranda. Time to pull it all and thin it out.
It's a pretty good size bunch once you get it out of the tank.
While it's out, a good time to vac the area. When it becomes a thick bush, it traps a lot of debris. So I go at the area pretty hard when it's out of the tank.
I also pulled and trimmed back the Macranda Variegated, Bacopa Colorata, Pantanal, Pogo Kimberly, Macranda Butterfly, and maybe a few more too.
Here is the Pogo K......when it gets big those stalks get thick!
Here's the battle station about half way through. About a gallon of plant mass removed, and as you can see, it can get a bit messy.
Pulling lots of groupings stirs up a lot of debris into the water column, hence a serious sized water change to remove as much as I can. The drift wood comes out every week and gets a preventative spray of a Metricide/Hydrogen Peroxide mix, along with all the visible equipment.
About 2 1/2 hours later and the tank has been tamed. Restored some space between the species and removed a LOT of mass. Sometimes you just have to beat things back hard for the longer term well being of everything. That day was today, and should make the next few maintenance days a bit easier.