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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 03-10-2005, 11:31 PM Thread Starter
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my first experience with stems so far...

I have stargrass, hygrophilia, and cabomba. By far the stargass the doing the best followed by hygrophila and finally cabomba.

The stargass has really taken off. Is at the height of my aquarium. Is there a way to promote more horizontal growth? Should I just cut the top parts off so it looks more like a middle plant?

The hygrophilia is also about the height of my aquarium I have to regularily cut and take peices of it out.

The cabomba is problematic. Right now it grows a good 1.5 to 3in between nodes where it springs leaves. Its not as good looking as when I got it. Is there a way to make it grow more/denser leaves?

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I think we all see the long internode problem on cabomba in high light/CO2 tank. That is the nature of the beast, I am going to try it in a lower light, non-CO2 tank.

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As far as promoting horizontal growth with stargras, try to carefully prune off the lead "star"--as in cut at the first node. That will allow the side nodes to sprout new leaves and continue to spread. I say carefully since I'm sure you're aware this plant bruises easily.

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