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waylon101
08-10-2015, 01:19 AM
Hey I went on Vacation for about two and a half weeks. When I came back my plants were, as Dustin from Dustin's fish tanks would say, "bumpin" lol. They had grown a ton since I left! The amazon sword is huge right now. I've always been told that cutting the plant is healthy and something you need to do but I'm really liking the way it looks now. So do I have to cut it? Any advice would be much appreciated!

Boundava
08-10-2015, 01:50 AM
Its a personal choice. If you like how its grown in, then keep it. I trim my plants about every third week, but I want a "controlled" jungle look-lol. If you think the plants have gotten out of hand trim away-plants do respond well to trimmings, take out the bigger-older growth, will benefit by letting more light for the other plants/leaves. I haven't had an established plant die from a good trimming yet.

Sandz
08-10-2015, 01:52 AM
I would need a picture to accurately tell you outside of a key comment... You like it... keep it!!! IT IS YOURS!

waylon101
08-10-2015, 04:20 AM
Ok I was just making sure that there wasn't going to be a health problem if I didn't trim it. Here is a Pic of the Amazon Sword in the middle (don't worry about tank size because all of this is going to my 29 gallon when I move to a new dormitory in a few days) and I was wondering if someone could identify the plant in the second picture. I remember buying Amazon Sword and Java Fern but can't remember what this plant is.
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http://i.imgur.com/f1RozjN.jpg

Slaphppy7
08-10-2015, 01:09 PM
I have a lava lamp just like that, lol.

I think the plants look good as they are.

I'd get a black posterboard, cut to size, and tape it on the back...would make your plants stand out even more.

Boundava
08-10-2015, 01:38 PM
I agree, everything looks good. I don't think you need to cut anything.

SueD
08-10-2015, 04:08 PM
I think the plant in the 2nd picture might be water wisteria. I also agree no trimming seems necessary just yet. But are those java ferns planted in the substrate? Is the rhizome above the substrate? Might want to consider tying or gluing them right to that driftwood.

waylon101
08-10-2015, 06:20 PM
I think the plant in the 2nd picture might be water wisteria. I also agree no trimming seems necessary just yet. But are those java ferns planted in the substrate? Is the rhizome above the substrate? Might want to consider tying or gluing them right to that driftwood.

Thanks SueD, thats it! Also the Java Fern is in the substrate to hold it down before I move. But thanks for the suggestion. :)