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Red face My first time trimming HC (and possibly last)

I did my first ever HC trim of my 29 gallon tank. I didn't realize how much of a pain it was until I was trying to scoop up all the trimmings and I probably have enough to plant a few more 29 gallon tanks. At one point I had probably 4x the trimmings flying around than what is shown in the picture below. Please excuse the thermometer and heater as I'm fighting off an ich outbreak from my Petsmart $1 cardinals.

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That's a crap load of HC!
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real nice carpet. How long did it take to fill in that thick after your first planting?

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real nice carpet. How long did it take to fill in that thick after your first planting?
I had it immersed for at least 3 months with CO2 and it spread pretty slowly. I then started dosing 1-2 pumps of Pfertz phosphorus daily in an attempt to fight algae on the glass and that is when the growth really took off. In about a month it doubled in size and started growing on top of itself.

I'm about to try going low tech though by changing the lights to T5NO 2x21 watts and cutting off the CO2 so we'll see what that does to the carpet.
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Kinda makes me nervous since I'll be going for a HC carpet haha....hopefully mine will flourish like yours did though...

Also, what type of plant is that,the one mixed in with the driftwood....it looks spectacular. I tried to see if you had already mentioned it in a tank journal or something but I couldn't find anything...
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I always trimmed mine with a python in the tank sucking the clippings out.
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when you were adding the pfertz was this after you fiilled the tank with water?

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I purchased a Magnum HOT for this same problem. havent gotten to use it yet.


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Kinda makes me nervous since I'll be going for a HC carpet haha....hopefully mine will flourish like yours did though...

Also, what type of plant is that,the one mixed in with the driftwood....it looks spectacular. I tried to see if you had already mentioned it in a tank journal or something but I couldn't find anything...
What are your tank specs? I've grown HC pretty easily under high light with CO2 and high light with Excel.

I actually have a few plants. On the very far left I think is cryptocoryne lutea (I ordered a bunch of crypts and they weren't labelled). Then tied to the driftwood is narrow leaf java fern. I actually had narrow leaf and trident java fern tied to all the branches, but I contracted some staghorn algae and had to remove it all. Then around the driftwood are some crypt wendtii.
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I always trimmed mine with a python in the tank sucking the clippings out.
I wish I had that available to me. How big is the end of the python? Will it pick up shrimp and fish?
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That's an impressive carpet OP. I wish I had your problem, haha.

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when you were adding the pfertz was this after you fiilled the tank with water?
Yep. I never tried growing the HC emmersed. It was immersed as soon as I got it.
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That's an impressive carpet OP. I wish I had your problem, haha.
Unfortunately my algae problem is much more impressive. Growing the HC carpet was easy, but so was growing the algae. I now have staghorn, brush, and green spot algae.
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Jeez! Just looking at other people HC carpets makes me really jealous and depressed. I tried to do a dry start on my HC with topsoil... and they completely died in a week. I shouldn't have done that, it was like $6 for a 1x1 inch square. If only I could go back in time.... sigh.
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