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Do you guys have any advice on trimming plants? What different methods do you use? How important do you think trimming and thinning is?

I'm thinking of primarily long leaved plants such as hair grass or vallis, the type of aquascape I'm going for needs the background plants to be trimmed in a kind of v shape. Can you just cut vallis off at the desired height? Where does the leaf regenerate from. When I've grown vallis in the past it has grown up and over, sometimes round and round the tank itself, i.e very long if you held it upright.

What about other plants such as amazon swords, do you just cut them off at the base of the plant because once planted the leaves are hard to strip off.
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Val's usually dont take to kindly to being trimmed... sometimes you can cut them and they do not brown out at the ends but sometimes they will start turning brown and it will travel down the entire leaf. :roll: Its hit or miss, I found that when my vals were getting strong light they would stay green at the ends a bit better but then it still looked weird being cut. For the V shape you could grow different types of Vals for the effect maybe... ?
Oh yeh, all the new Val leaves grow from the base, they do not start at the cut.

The swords need to have the entire leaf cut off at the base.
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Val's usually dont take to kindly to being trimmed... sometimes you can cut them and they do not brown out at the ends but sometimes they will start turning brown and it will travel down the entire leaf. :roll: Its hit or miss, I found that when my vals were getting strong light they would stay green at the ends a bit better but then it still looked weird being cut. For the V shape you could grow different types of Vals for the effect maybe... ?
Oh yeh, all the new Val leaves grow from the base, they do not start at the cut.

The swords need to have the entire leaf cut off at the base.
thanks buck, that's what I feared...
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Hair grass you can cut just like, well, hair. It will grow new leaves and retain the old ones that you trimmed.

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Aquascape? I'm a crypt farmer.

It's a fine line between fishing and standing on the shore looking like an idiot.

That IS an aquascape, it's titled "The Vacant Lot".
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