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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-27-2005, 02:08 AM Thread Starter
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Pruning Hornwort

I finally got my hands on about 6 stems of Hornwort 1 stem I placed in my 75g. and the other 5 in my outdoor pond.

No one in this town has it or has ever seen Hornwort and when I asked how to prune it they didn't know specifically.

The one in my aquarium has been in there for about 3 days and has grown approx. 3-4 inches already. Basically I stuck the bottom in between 2 rocks to hold it down and if it keeps growing like it has will reach the top of my tank in a few days.

What do I do just "lop" off the top and take the top piece to the pond or does it need to be thrown out?

I know this in a common aquarium plant but like I said no one in this town has any experience with it.

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Cut the top and replant it if you'd like, or toss it in the pond. No need to throw it out.

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Thanks for the quick reply Troy. Like I said earlier this stuff which appears to be so common everywhere else is really rare here and no one knew what to do with it.

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You will be sick and tired of this stuff very soon. It will take over the tank and prevent light from getting to other plants. Good thing you have a pond for the extras. It is pretty sturdy so you can trim it any way you want. I got rid off mine, because I could not win the battle.
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Thanks cfide, I just have 1 stem in there and that's all I really plan on having in there, it grows faster in my aquarium than the pond so I figured I would use the cutting to put in the pond.

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I only have some because it is supposed to have a cemical that decrease algee growth. I have some BBA and green spot and it has been decreasing.
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Hornwort is a true floater, and does not root. I think you will find that you will have to trim from the bottom, as it will die off there, or turn ratty and start shedding. In my experience it is best to just float it.

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