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Why is it when I look at plants form my tank everybody online puts the height that it will grow to?
I have several plants in my tank that I bought because of the height they quoted. Now these same plants are 2-3 times the height quoted.
So what is the purpose of placing the height when it is not accurate?
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That's what I thought.
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keep in mind the conditions the plants are grown in will contribute considerably to how big or small they get. water parameters, ferts, substrate, lighting, co2 lots of variables. so i dont think people are always lying just more giving there experience.
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Try google searching the species in the future....articles or species descriptions from a reputable source can be generally more accurate than an inexperienced hobbyist. However, they can also be misleading or incorrect as well.
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because money.
exactly.
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I did a lot of research on the plants I have and the Myrio everywhere says up to 20".......I bought they were 5" and now have some that are over 40". And getting much bigger. All I have is Flourite as a substrate and a 3 bulb 6700k T5 HO lights. I do ferts once a week after a 50% water change. I have no co2 yet but once I get it I'm sure my hard to grow plants will take off and the Myrio will just grow even faster.
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you could just trim it, I mean I feel like most plants that have the potential to grow to a particular height won't grow taller if its allowed to, especially if we are looking at plants that can grow out of water as well.
btw, not to de-rail, but I keep seeing ROAK everywhere, what does it stand for? I can't figure it out on my own lol

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you could just trim it, I mean I feel like most plants that have the potential to grow to a particular height won't grow taller if its allowed to, especially if we are looking at plants that can grow out of water as well.
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Why is it when I look at plants form my tank everybody online puts the height that it will grow to?
I have several plants in my tank that I bought because of the height they quoted. Now these same plants are 2-3 times the height quoted.
So what is the purpose of placing the height when it is not accurate?
Are you talking about the height that a person had listed next to the plant when they sold it?? or someone actually telling you it will only get so large?

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Stem plants don't have any predetermined height. They grow until they break and off the tops go to start another colony.

Stems need to be topped [and either plant the tops or send them off to new homes] or pulled, bottoms chopped off and tops replanted. No way around it.

You want a plant that grows to a predetermined height then stops, try rosettes [really very short stems] like Anubias, swords and crypts or running plants like hairgrass, Marsilea, java fern. Even they will grow up once the planting is crowded. And they change according to I don't know what. My 8" crypt is now 18". It was 8" for a decade and now it is a tank eater.


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^I want a crypt like that lol
I wonder, if someone had a 9 foot tall tank, could they get a stem plant to grow up to the top of the tank? Lighting might be a difficult thing to accomplish that far down, but just theoretically is it possible? Imagine something insane like a tank with 9 foot long stems of R.macarandara or something equally absurd

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Are you talking about the height that a person had listed next to the plant when they sold it?? or someone actually telling you it will only get so large?
I'm talking about going to websites like Drs. F&S and they have plants and state max height. Well when I do my research on the plants I wanted and they all say about the same max height I then design my tank around those measurements. But it seems that, that is not the case. Even if they put 'this is the recommended height' then it would make a difference.
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^I want a crypt like that lol
I wonder, if someone had a 9 foot tall tank, could they get a stem plant to grow up to the top of the tank? Lighting might be a difficult thing to accomplish that far down, but just theoretically is it possible? Imagine something insane like a tank with 9 foot long stems of R.macarandara or something equally absurd
i would say yes, ive snagged stem plants fishing and just the part i reel in is 4-6 feet long. look at some vals they get couple meters long.
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