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what should I trim in my jungle?

my fish are limited to the front!!

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Then that is where they shall stay!!!

I think the huge sword? (can't really tell with the pic) in the middle is the obvious choice. Though it is nice.
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I love this tbh I wouldnt if the fish are happy =p
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I love it! I wouldn't trim any of it.
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its not really a jungle yet. When the fish start getting stuck in your plants... then its a jungle. A few of the als on your right side could use a trimmin. but everything else I would leave just the same.


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Both of my tanks are getting kind of jungly too...but none of my fish are getting stuck in the plants. So, I'm not trimming either!
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i trim all plants every saturday but I think the i may pull one or two swords out
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No need to pull anything out. it's kinda in a "filled" status already.


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the picture looks like there is room for some reason...... I think I may want to remove a few plants and go with a few 'harder" ones to grow...
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Probably because the plant in the front is so full.

I would be plotting a new scape now that there is a lot of plant mass and can see how things grew out. I never leave well enough alone.

Swords are beautiful plants, easy and fast but over grow most any tank. My 150 gallon tank was half filled with one rose sword. One single crowned plant. Keep them to the sides in the middle so you can enjoy a little of the natural grace and pull off the oldest leaves to attempt to keep them in check. Some aquarists have tried root pruning to limit growth but since aquatic plants get lots of nutrients from leaves rather than roots probably doesn't work all that well.

Those lilies are tank busters as well. Soon they will be sending up aerial leaves that float and will block all the light to the other plants. Watch for new leaves that come out green on top and have really strong veining on the bottom. They are the culprits, go ahead and see how one develops if you like but snip out any new ones you see.
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Probably because the plant in the front is so full.

I would be plotting a new scape now that there is a lot of plant mass and can see how things grew out. I never leave well enough alone.

Swords are beautiful plants, easy and fast but over grow most any tank. My 150 gallon tank was half filled with one rose sword. One single crowned plant. Keep them to the sides in the middle so you can enjoy a little of the natural grace and pull off the oldest leaves to attempt to keep them in check. Some aquarists have tried root pruning to limit growth but since aquatic plants get lots of nutrients from leaves rather than roots probably doesn't work all that well.

Those lilies are tank busters as well. Soon they will be sending up aerial leaves that float and will block all the light to the other plants. Watch for new leaves that come out green on top and have really strong veining on the bottom. They are the culprits, go ahead and see how one develops if you like but snip out any new ones you see.
I didnt realize how big the sword would get. the 4 in the tank are from one sword. one shoots out from the top and begins to grow roots.... i cut them and replant. I cut those lilies every day! its a never ending battle.
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I was thinking about moving the swords to the back right on the tank. You cant even see the ones that are there now. will I piss off the swords by moving them? what kind of swords are they anyway?
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I was thinking about moving the swords to the back right. Will I piss off the swords by moving them? what kind of swords are they anyway?
Depends on how long they have been in place?
Swords throw massive root systems out over time.
Best way (imo) to move one is wasting a pair of scissors cutting through the sub around the base about an 1" or more from the plant, remove any damaged leaves and reset the plant. Most of the time I just leave them in place removing the outer leaves around the base to control the size.

Hard to tell in the pic but looks like an Amazon
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I am going to cut the leaves that are reaching the top of the tank. hopefully it wont hurt the plant. my main problem is that I put the plant directly in the middle of the tank not thinking how big it would get. This is my first planted tank with CO2 and t5's, so its kind of cool to see everything grow like this!
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