Hey guys, I have a pretty basic tank set up. I currently do not provide any 'special' treatment for the plants in my tank. In the past, i found cabomba seems to be really easy to keep, as it doesn't seem to die easily, and the fish don't eat it! So in this tank, I brought some more cabomba, and once again, it seems to be doing well and grown quite a bit. Here is a photo.
1) Firstly, i would like some advice on trimming the plant. Can I cut this to any height i desire, and simply group and replant the cuts I have made? Both bunches of Cabomba seem to have roots coming out of them, midway up the plant. Is it best if I cut below these roots?
2) Can somebody Identify this plant?
3) This plant that I have that needs identifying seems to have grown new stems and leaves, which appears to be doing well (its about 2 months old). However, some of the stems have died, and the area where they are bunched has turned brown and looks very fragile and no doubt will break away if i move/touch it. So whilst it seems like it is decaying, it also seems like it is doing well, so am unsure what to do with it!
and here is a photo that contains the unhealthy parts aswell as the new and healthy parts
Can I simply cut away the dead bits, and replant the healthy bits? The plant has doubled in growth since I brought it around 3 months ago.
4) Can anyone recommend any other hardy plants that don't need any special treatment? I find that plants like Valis just die within a month or 2! Where as Cabomba seems to thrive.
5) I also love the tiny kind of plants that just above the substrate. Or an area of grass or similar plant. However, with plants like these, how does one go about using a gravel cleaner? I use a gravel cleaner to clean my tank, yet some tanks I see baffle me, as I dont see how the gravel can be cleaned out without disturbing all the tiny, fragile plants.