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Old 05-12-2016, 09:34 PM   #151
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Minor problem. The val is starting to take over the tank and I'm not quite sure how to prune it? Will probably just cut off the leaves very close to the gravel where I want to discourage it.


It started off behind the plane ornament, grew through the centre and is now on a straight line for the ferts cupboard...


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Old 05-13-2016, 01:31 AM   #152
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Can you just trim/remove the runners?
I've trimmed Crystal River Vals when they got to the surface.


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The other option is to use a shorter /dwarf Val in that spot and move the long one to the rear. Just a thought to help minimize extra work of trimming all the time, as it is just growing as it should.
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Old 05-14-2016, 10:52 AM   #154
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Thanks for the replies. I think I cut out one runner today. Bit hard to tell. I didn't want to mess up the nearby plants. Dwarf val would be a nice option. I'll check out the fish shop again soon as the pogo is getting eaten out I think.
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Dwarf Saggitaria is great too. The Difference is the Sag is more round shaped coming off the nodule similar to the shape of an onion above the bulb, and the Val is more strappy or coming strait out flatter. Kinda hard to describe. But both are similar height 4-6 inches. Depends on variety and lighting.
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Thanks, I'll hunt around for that. Next weekend I'll try deeper pruning as another runner has popped up further along. Got me worried. Bah, plants - I can give them up any day. I'm either trying to make them grow faster or pruning them back as growing too much...

In other news I thought the second CO2 bottle would never get used, (was a bit expensive), but missed getting to the shops yesterday for exchange and they aren't open today. So it will be a week at least. Under high light the plants really suffered. I don't think this will be such an issue with present lighting but I think all up I'm glad I have the second bottle now.
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Val is still going strong. Pogo not so well. Will have to prune the val this weekend again. The runner I cut out has resurfaced and sent out another one which has an inch of growth 😱
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Somewhat busy day. The perspex cover had a bow in it so I thought I'd straighten it out. Result was I snapped it, (old I guess), and had to cut another to size from the hardware store. Also replaced the larger CO2 bottle so stocked up there again. Will leave the smaller one on for a bit.

Pretty rainy day to go to stores.

All the relatives thought the tank looked good so I didn't mention the mid-week clean

Got rid of some val, re-planted some other plants that escaped and generally tidied up tank. Ran out of time to make it to the fish store for filter sponge so maybe next week.

Cleaned out the small tank as well which had some weird sort of algae on it. Sadly the snail wouldn't touch it or couldn't get to it as it was on the filter pump. Cleaned rest of filter pump and working much better now. (The filter pump is part of the hob filter but sits submerged as part of the inlet pipe.)





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Thanks! They still have great colour to them. My sister and I agreed the tank is over-stocked now so might have to clean a little more often. It's mainly chewed on plant debris I think. Oh well, at least they are getting their 'greens'.
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