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Just curious if anyone else does this.

When I get new stem plants and I clip off the bottom portion to plant them, I leave the clippings floating in the tank. When it is time to prune the recently planted stem plants, the clippings from the original planting have grown full sized stems of the plants. So at the first pruning I get to plant the prunings, and the new plants stems from the clippings.

I got the idea to do this from the studies of how exotic plants in lakes were being "mowed", and the fragments that would float away would grow into new plants, e.g. hydrilla and Myriophyllum sp. It's a quick way to triple (or more) your stems of a plant.

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Some types of the slower growing stems I will do that with like Bacopa Im trying now to cultivate a dozen 3" stumps... LOL
Some types it isnt worth doing that with because they just grow to dang fast for their own good.
I have a few plants that are on my hit-list for removal... Public Enemy #1 is going to be the Stargrass in my tank :evil:
This stuff was outta control ! It grows beautiful but tooooo fast for my tastes. I wish it would slow down because I really like the look.
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Oh man!
Buck that Stargrass looks fantastic in your aquarium!
It has to be worth the work. Won't you reconsider!!

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The three fastest growing plants I've ever owned: Wysteria, rotala indica,stargrass. Ambulia is a close second.

I'm actually thinking of doing an entire 10 gal with nothing but stargrass with no ferts and no co2 and moderate light. It might stay under control in a low tech tank.

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The three fastest growing plants I've ever owned: Wysteria, rotala indica,stargrass. Ambulia is a close second.
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Wow that was fast, three posts and we are off topic. :roll:

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Just curious if anyone else does this.

When I get new stem plants and I clip off the bottom portion to plant them, I leave the clippings floating in the tank. When it is time to prune the recently planted stem plants, the clippings from the original planting have grown full sized stems of the plants. So at the first pruning I get to plant the prunings, and the new plants stems from the clippings.
I'm currently floating a bunch of Rotala wallichii stems, it looks like I'm gonna have 30+ extra stems in a another week. I'm hoping that this technique works with Eusteralis stellata.

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Wow that was fast, three posts and we are off topic.
Bucks fault :lol:
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Wow that was fast, three posts and we are off topic.
Bucks fault :lol:
Oh I don't know, looks like Buck answered the queston, then gave an opinion.

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Most plants that do this will also do the same thing if you let the stem grow to and float along the top. I've had Ludwigia do this to me and several of the rotalas.

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When I get new stem plants and I clip off the bottom portion to plant them, I leave the clippings floating in the tank.
Any chance we could get pictures next time... I'd love to learn more...

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i do this too , works well

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