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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-19-2004, 09:41 PM Thread Starter
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Plants – How tall?

How tall do you let your plants grow?

I visit a quality LFS during lunch maybe once a week. They have a real nice 125 Planted tank and they let the Rotella Indica grow up to the surface, bend over and grow another foot or more. It is at a corner but still blocks the light. What are the benefits or other disadvantages of this?
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I have a stand of R. rotundifolia in both my 40 and 125g tanks. I try to keep them a few inches below the surface, but ususally don't trim it back until it has broken the surface. The main reason I try to keep it below the surface is that if I don't it has a tendency to trap all the floating debris an can look pretty disgusting after a while. However, the baby guppies just love to hide in this debris field so it's not without its advantages.

The other plants that go airborn (Alternanthera, Ludwigias) I trim back as they break the surface so the leaves don't start dryng up from the lights.

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No real benefit of it, other than to create whatever effect the person who owns the tank wants. If it drapes over enough, it blocks out the light for the other plants below, and w/enough shading, is detrimental.

I haven't been pruning my small tank for the last week and a half, and the L. repens, H. zosterfolia, and L. aromatica is draping over everything. It's starting to be noticeable on the foreground plants.

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As Eric has stated, the height of your plants is going to depend on the effect you are trying to achieve.

If you are looking for a thick, "junglely" look, then you may want to let the plants get a bit longer and taller. If it is something more manicured you desire, than you may want to keep your plants trimmed low.

It is all up to you!

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