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post #166 of 266 (permalink) Old 06-12-2019, 03:07 PM
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Thanks Ken, Iím really enjoying seeing your tank thread too. The P. Erectus gets trimmed every 3 weeks Iíd say, It almost needs a trim in those pics. Itís one of my favourites and grows incredibly well in this tank. The only thing I donít like about it is the large roots it grows get attached to the lava rock underneath the substrate and pulls it to the surface.
Thanks H8. Good to know how often the trims are occurring, I thought you had reached the holy grail of planted tanks, beautiful plants that grew slow without having to trim! I had the same issues, fast large root growth that would bring up a lot of substrate when pulled. But it's one of my favorites also, a beautiful plant, and yours are perfect, great job!
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post #167 of 266 (permalink) Old 06-17-2019, 09:07 PM Thread Starter
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@Greggz This trims for you! Everything that got trimmed was topped and tossed the bottoms, 18 days since the rotala's were last done the same way. I have to say I am happy with the results.
Pre trim

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Macrandra ready to be re-planted

New addition, hopefully it doesn't enjoy long walks outside the aquarium.

@Ken Keating1 P. Erectus went 29 days between trimmings best I can tell, I feel like growth is at a sweet spot right now for that plant.
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Wow! Getting better and better all time.

That is a really beautiful presentation.

Very, very well done!
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Beautiful!

How often do you trim the carpet? I just tore up a ton on monte carlo and did a small replant as I let it get out of control and trapped a rainbow under it!
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@Ken Keating1 P. Erectus went 29 days between trimmings best I can tell, I feel like growth is at a sweet spot right now for that plant.
Definitely you've reached nice sweet spot. Your tank is one of the few that looks great post trim; all the plants are neatly configured, like a perfectly manicured garden. Plus I like how you've taken stem plants and arranged them by aesthetics, and then trimmed them accordingly to maintain a particular height within the parameters of your landscape. I don't see that very often here on TPT, I feel your tank is really both unique and beautiful at the same time.
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@Grobbins48 I try not to let it get too thick, normally I would say every two months. The trim is pretty agressive but try to leave a shade of green. If you trim to mostly white stems it will take a very long time to recover. That being said currently the monte carlo is pretty angry at me, it doesn't like hydrogen peroxide and I have been spot treating rather heavily to areas surrounding it.


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Pissed off Glandulosa from trimming it..

Happy Glandulosa, different part of the tank. Higher PAR location for sure but the first photo were happy not too long ago. Same plant, same tank, very different growth.

Also like to point out the miniature Pantanal in that photo compared to the H'ra', I still like it though.

Biggest concern as of late is the S. Repens has decided to do a mass melt, theres lots of it and its clogging the overflow. I'm not worried about the long term health of the plant, it will bounce back with new growth when it's done melting but it might take a few weeks of continually dropping leaves first. I might give it an aggressive trim to help it along, not sure yet.

One positive is the water is looking extra crystal clear these days, maybe since I put the felt socks back in instead of the nylon.


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That side shot..

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Tanks like this make me wish I had the space to get back into the hobby. Spectacular work


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Thanks Ventchur and bpb!
I did a little trimming yesterday, it started out like this:

And ended up like this:

There was no mercy given to the S.Repens, Iím curious how it will respond. The leaves were slowly shedding from the bottom up so I helped it out a bit...



So much for that side view..
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whoa! there's fish in there!


The fish is like..

now what ..

yea, that patch we were fighting for yesterday? all gone!!!



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speechless.
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I actually like the trimmed look much, much better.
The detail is impeccable. The rock, the texture, the color.
The fish enhances this intricacy.


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Those S. Repens should come back, may take a bit, but I've done the same without issues.

Bump: Those S. Repens should come back, may take a bit, but I've done the same without issues.

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whoa! there's fish in there!


The fish is like..

now what ..

yea, that patch we were fighting for yesterday? all gone!!!



....

speechless.
They are normally out an about but lately they are schooling more so might have to check my ph probe for drift. I think my daughter is out of frame on the first pic and scared them into hiding.

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I actually like the trimmed look much, much better.
The detail is impeccable. The rock, the texture, the color.
The fish enhances this intricacy.
I too enjoy the trimmed look, this one was a little excessive but it was getting too overgrown and slow growers were being affected by algae on old growth. Bonus is that I wonít have to trim during the summer too much and can enjoy other things.

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Those S. Repens should come back, may take a bit, but I've done the same without issues.

Bump: Those S. Repens should come back, may take a bit, but I've done the same without issues.
That is good to hear, I have cut the entire stem off at ground level and they came back once before, I am only concerned since they were already stressed and dropping leaves. Hopefully the shape fills in and donít have to take it down to substrate.
Once a plant becomes established they are very weedy and just want to grow. Thereís H. Pinnatifida that keep growing in areas I long removed them from but a little bit of stem got stuck in the lava rock pores, next thing you know itís back.

I will probably be removing all the ground cover at some point to thin it out and replant, the Monte Carlo might be replaced with UG at the same time.
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S. Repens looks like it will be just fine, showing new growth on the bare stems. Upped the calcium last week, felt like it was a bit low and have seen some improvement already. Some of the troublesome plants perked up and are showing better growth then I have seen in a while, hopefully the trend continues.

Tillandsia putting on a show.


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