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Hi folks,

I have a few stem plants in my new tank that have settled in since setup a couple of weeks ago and could use a minor trim. Right now, a couple of shoots are much higher than the rest and current is making the whole plant tilt. Seems best to trim it back and let the plant grow more in synch. There is plenty of space to fill out.

So, how to cut a stem plant? Just cut anywhere, cut above nodes? Not looking to propgate at this point, just promote fuller growth.

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I sometimes trim the trim plants a little bit above the node if I want to propagate the tops. If I don't want to propagate them, I just trim them anywhere between the nodes for the effect that I want.

Several years ago Karen Randall wrote a very good article called "Pruning, Dividing and Propagating in the Display Aquarium". There are two parts of this article. They should be very helpful.

Part 1: http://www.csd.net/~cgadd/aqua/ah_main/jun1998.html
Part 2: http://www.csd.net/~cgadd/aqua/ah_main/july1998.html

Here is a list to some more helpful articles: http://csd.net/~cgadd/aqua/aqfrontiers.htm
 
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