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vall trimming

I see some tanks groing like a plague and need a trimming. I have a 24" tall tank. my valls grow like crazy. Is it ok to let them grow till they float or is it better to trim them at the top of the water?

i tirm them to the top of the tank. just asking any input.
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Sounds like Giant Jungle Valis, vallisneria gigantea.

It's up to you. Some people trim them to size, some top trim, some let them grow longer and create a "canopy." It doesn't make much difference to the plant... in the wild I hear they can grow in 6+ foot deep water and still reach and trail along the surface.
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wow no kidding 6feet long if only I had a pool that had glass sides that big.
Mine are not the jungle val unless they can be thin there about a half inch in width not an inch like the big valls. id say the one vall i cut yestorday was about 4 feet.
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Whoa, 4 foot vals - 6 foot? That's Krazy!

You can usually cut the vals any where you like. I like to cut mine right when they reach the top because for one its easier to cut up there, and two cutting right above the surface helps to hide the slight browning that occurs at the tip.

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thats where i cut them right at the top. what about runners. i got one with 5 going all over. can they be cramped and still grow good?
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My experience was that val runners grow very well, even if the whole plant is above the substrate, with roots reaching down into the substrate. It certainly wasn't a picky plant for me.

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I cram my runners together. Eventually they become their own plant. I haven't experienced any problems doing this.


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