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11-17-2013, 08:03 PM #1
Can you trim Vallisneria, like grass?
As the subject heading asks. I've read various reports of moderate success with this technique - just trimming the leaves down to the desired height, like grasses. Some have experienced die back using this method.
I have a few too many starting to grow along the front of my tank and I'm not keen on letting them get too tall. This is the tank it's in. You'll see it's spreading at the centre-front.
Has anyone had any experiences to share with trimming?
11-17-2013, 08:12 PM #2
11-17-2013, 09:12 PM #3
11-17-2013, 10:36 PM #4
I've been trimming mine like grass for years. Generally when they about reach the top of the tank I cut them back 6" or so.
Sometimes a leaf does die, in which case (if the critters don't eat it first) it tends to detach and float away. Overall though the individual leaves seem to last for a long time.300 gallon mega tank: sailfin pleco, clown loaches, silver dollars, roseline sharks, congo tetras, new world cichlids
125 gallon office tank: Africian cichlids, synodontis catfih
75 gallon community tank: bolivian rams, black skirt tetras, dwarf neon rainbowfish, corys, harlequin rasboras, otos, bristlenose and bulldog plecos, assassin snails, various shrimp
60 gallon goldfish tank: fancy goldfish