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How do you trim HC ?

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Once I got HC to grow I ran into another problem - now it's growing bit too much. The "carpet" keeps getting thicker and thicker and it doesn't look so hot any more, but HC just seems to be growing faster and faster. It's do dense that I can't really trim individual stems and I am not sure about just "mowing" a layer off. How do you maintain HC carpet ? Do you just let it grow ? I really don't want to pull it out and replant.
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Is your HC just growing denser, or dense and tall too? I'm curious as I'd like to start growing this. oh, while your at it, send me some of your trimmings, I'll pay for them!
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dirkgent001, it's both - dense and thick (tall but not stemmy) - looks like a think carpet.

Yea, I'll send you some trimmings once I figure out how to trim it
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an angle trimming scissor would work like this one.
http://www.fullam.com/images/tools/144101.jpg
http://www.fullam.com/images/tools/52530.JPG

a regular flat one would work too.


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Take a scissor and go snippidy-snip-snip

And take a fish net and collect the leaves.
I wonder if it will be that easy

*Waits for his HC to grow into a thick carpet*

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I assume you folks tried this, right ?

I would hate to harm my HC after dancing around it for a few weeks to get it to grow happy
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plants love getting trimmed.


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I generally use my fingers and pinch and pull from the middle of a mound, then replant the chunk I pulled out elsewhere to make the carpet spread faster.


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Hrmmm
Seems like my dwarf gouramis like to trim the HC...
a bit too much.

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You can't really damage it no matter how you cut it. Basically you want to thin it out. If you pull out too much or cut it too short, it will grow over it in no time.

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Thanks for your advice, everyone ! I'll try to trim it next week. If any of the trimmings are of the sellable quality, I'll offer them for sale/trade.
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curved scissor helps a lot. some even say to cut it in checkerboard pattern.


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