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Don't you wish the aquascape would stop growing?

After a hour of cleaning and pruning my aquarium this evening, I'm thinking to myself, "Boy I wish these plants would stop growing!"

Here's an interesting thought, if you had the perfect aquascape, in terms of layout and ideal plant growth, would you want your aquascape to keep on growing?

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After a hour of cleaning and pruning my aquarium this evening, I'm thinking to myself, "Boy I wish these plants would stop growing!"

Here's an interesting thought, if you had the perfect aquascape, in terms of layout and ideal plant growth, would you want your aquascape to keep on growing?
I understand your wishes, but if things aren't growing, usually they are dying.
You want a perfect static aquascape. Plastic is far from perfect but it is static.
Maybe migrate towards the slow-growers, oak perhaps?
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No, it's living art that should evo.
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Properly cared for aquatic plants will generally just keep growing. The growth usually can't be stopped until they reach their 'genetic' maximum size.
In all of the best aquascaped tanks I have ever seen, they get that way with constant, essential trimming, pruning, etc. That's how they look so good.
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After a hour of cleaning and pruning my aquarium this evening, I'm thinking to myself, "Boy I wish these plants would stop growing!"

Here's an interesting thought, if you had the perfect aquascape, in terms of layout and ideal plant growth, would you want your aquascape to keep on growing?
Take a picture of it. It will be frozen in time.


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No way, with good growth my aquarium never looks the same two days in a row, and it's so easy to mess around, trim it different ways, thin it out, replant, and always know that even if I don't like the results of what I've done it will grow out soon enough.
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Once you find that awesome scape it is hard to let it go... but eventually you get bored and rescape completely anyways.
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It is like a haricut you get to change it up every once in a while.


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i agree with pictures. it makes it hard to forget. after so many pictures. u can build an idea of the next perfect scape

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Make your entire 'scape with c. parva.

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I dont use fertz or CO2.. It limits me species wise somewhat. But I only have to trim my scape every 3 months or so. It took a really long time to fill in. But the wait was worth it. Now I get to enjoy my pretty aquascape for months at a time.. So.. thats cool..
I love looking at all the super high tech tanks. I think I would go bald from maintaining one.
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I dont use fertz or CO2.. It limits me species wise somewhat. But I only have to trim my scape every 3 months or so. It took a really long time to fill in. But the wait was worth it. Now I get to enjoy my pretty aquascape for months at a time.. So.. thats cool..
I love looking at all the super high tech tanks. I think I would go bald from maintaining one.
Much better is to use low light, just enough to fill the plants needs for slow growth. Then aquascapes develop more slowly, last longer before needing pruning or changes, and you get to sit and enjoy them instead of constantly adjusting the CO2, removing algae, sweating out a weekend when the CO2 tank empties, and learning the names of all of the species of algae that can inhabit a glass box of water. (CO2 tanks never run out during the week - it is one of the universal laws of nature.)

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Take a picture of it. It will be frozen in time.
maybe just stick the whole tank in the freezer?


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No, I like the jungly overgrowth. If I didn't, I would have saved $$$$ and bought plastic plants.
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