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Waterbox Frag 105.4 High Tech
I honestly just keep my scissors on my desk right near the tank and do little trims on a daily basis now. It really isn't too bad to maintain overall. The only things that annoy me and I don't look forward to are when I do larger rescapes or replant large groups of plants. Those things take quite a bit of time and a lot of care to find the healthiest stems, trim everything, replant, etc etcYour scissors must be busy, that is a ton of stems! Love a good dutch. How are you finding owning it compared to other types of scapes?
The biggest learnings for me while maintaining this tank are along the lines of:
- Use turkey baster / siphon to clean detritus from the substrate layer. This helps keep things really clean and prevents my N/P from going through the roof. When things get dirty I notice issues in a few plant species. Keeping the tank as clean as possible is key
- Trim regularly to prevent buildup of unhealthy bottom stems etc. Lots of frequent maintenance sessions is way better than letting things get bad and needing to spend 3+ hours replanting large groups of things
- Planning for stem growth over time and trimming to encourage that growth at the right times
- Not dealing with hardscape is really nice. Makes cleaning things and making changes much easier