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How do u get rid of overgrown plants, and keep the algae away? Do I run my lights for less time or raise them off the tank higher?

I have 3 tanks like this, (overgrown).

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To get rid of overgrown plants, you just prune.

Unless you are doing an extremely heavy prune, algae should not be a problem, as long as you are keeping your fertilization, CO2 and lighting in balance.

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To get rid of overgrown plants, you just prune.

Unless you are doing an extremely heavy prune, algae should not be a problem, as long as you are keeping your fertilization, CO2 and lighting in balance.
Everything's in balance, an yea it's gonna be a very heavy plant removal no pruning here. Lol
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Heavy removal might bring a bit of algae back, I guess reduce the nutrient dosing a little.

Getting rid of overgrown plant? RAOK them?

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Heavy removal might bring a bit of algae back, I guess reduce the nutrient dosing a little.

Getting rid of overgrown plant? RAOK them?
Yeah what he said would be great but another less risky option is to prune once or twice a week until you get it looking the way you want. This way you can monitor plant helath a little better and not induce more risk for algae. I've made this mistake before. Hard to gauge how much to back off ferts based on how much plant removal you've done while too much plant removal really quick can easily create algae blooms...there are several reasons for this.
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