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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-06-2003, 06:29 PM Thread Starter
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I have some dwarf chains swords that seem to be finished going through the acclimation process of changing from one tank to another, the older leaves have some algae on them whereas the new growth has none, each plant has at least a half dozen if not more of the new algae free leaves, is it safe to trim off the algae covered leaves now?


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I have had no problem with giving a haircut to Chain sword. I basically do a lawn mower effect. OF course the other route is to pull it up and throw away the algae ridden parts, then replant.
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I would neither mow them nor pull them up and replant. No way. If they are rooted securely, you can just pull the old leaves out, carefully, and they snap off right at the base.

I just tried for the first time Jobes Ferns and Palms sticks, and it makes a huge difference! I will be pulling all the old leaves soon too...


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I agree, removing just the algae covered leaves without disturbing the roots would work well. I use the lawn mower treatment on a hairgrass "field", maybe it should be called the haircut method in this situation. The hairgrass (E acicularis) responds by sending out runners everywhere. I really do mean everywhere.

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Cut e. tenellus leaves seem to wither away fairly quickly in my tank. I just pluck them off as close to the base as possible. If the roots aren't established strongly enough, you may have to support the base of the plant with a finger while you pluck off the old leaves.

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The irony of course sam is that its the e. Tenellus that you sent me that i am trimming, they have taken off wonderfully and the glosso is really starting to take off, seeing easily 2 dozen new shoots on the glosso. Another irony is that i worried the light i had would be too weak... the leaves of the glosso are hardly coming more than a quarter inch off the substrate, i almost wish they were taller :-D


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My chain sword grows so quickly that I have to rip it out every now and again. It will simply take over the tank if I don't take this remedial action.

I would suggest that you get some siamensis to tackle your aglae problem. These little fellows love to eat algae. They will help to keep your plants clean and therefore serve a useful purpose.

If your conditions are right algae will become less of a problem after a while as your plants will chew up most of the nutrients.

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