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Old 12-28-2011, 03:36 PM   #1
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My hornwort is totally taking over the tank. I'm going to trim it but what happens if I don't?


How fast does it regrow? If it keeps it up at this pace I'll have to take it out.


Ideas?
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Old 12-28-2011, 03:39 PM   #2
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Hahah thats not ivertaking the tank! Haha you should have seen my hornwort, it was everywhere and it looked pretty sick!! Haha i eventually trimmed it though, i suggest trimming the bottom, dont trim the top. It will grow back in no time
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Old 12-28-2011, 06:12 PM   #3
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Oh no I might have to replace it with crypts
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Old 12-28-2011, 06:26 PM   #4
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Oh no I might have to replace it with crypts
You will have plenty of time before it can overtake your tank!
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Old 12-29-2011, 10:41 AM   #6
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Haha ya it grows pretty fast, but its easy to trim. I like the look of it!
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Yeah but I'm afraid it'll destroy my tank! I just got it as a "christmas tree" for the fish. I'll swap it for crypts.
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Old 12-29-2011, 07:04 PM   #8
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I had hornwort in a 55 gal molly colony tank. I left it grow out for the fry to hide in and in nine months I was pulling out some stems that were 5 feet long. Its really good for helping to keep nitrates low also.
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Why does it help keep nitrates low??? I have never heard that before. An ya my piece grew 3-4" in like 5 days
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Why does it help keep nitrates low??? I have never heard that before. An ya my piece grew 3-4" in like 5 days
All plants consume nitrate. The hornwort floats on the surface and has access to more co2 than a submerged plant so it grows faster consuming more nitrates.
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Wow great advice!! Thanks!
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(Shakes head sadly) You think that little piece is taking over the tank? THIS is hornwort taking over a tank (38 gallons.)


Hornwort has nothing on Najas for fast growth though, here's a pic of a 75 about 6 weeks after I tossed in a couple handfuls of Najas from a 30 long:


Both tanks have regular FL 4' shop lights hanging above them for the plants.
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Oh my God!!!!!!!!! I'm lucky!! But what a haven for shrimp and fry!
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Old 12-29-2011, 07:31 PM   #14
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I would keep the hornwort and grow it above but keep an eye on it. Just keep trimming it. That will give your crypts some time to adjust to your tank. It normally takes a couple months for cryptocoryne to establish properly before it spreads. Also, you don't want too much direct light on it.
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On the crypt or the hornwort?


And my crypt will spread? Sweet
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(Shakes head sadly) You think that little piece is taking over the tank? THIS is hornwort taking over a tank (38 gallons.)

Hornwort has nothing on Najas for fast growth though, here's a pic of a 75 about 6 weeks after I tossed in a couple handfuls of Najas from a 30 long:

Both tanks have regular FL 4' shop lights hanging above them for the plants.
That's not a plant that's a MONSTER!! I thought I had it bad in my tank!
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To shield the cryptocoryne from too much direct light, is what i meant.
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Crypts won't care about too much direct light, in a setup with that kind of lighting.

Hornwort is a fast grower, no doubt. I'm not sure why you are concerned with it taking over since a pair of scissors will make short work of any excess... just trim the plant back and toss the excess, or learn how to ship and trade with other hobbyists.
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That's not the issue. The issue is the constant trimming, I don't want to trim it every other day lol.
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I have hornwort in my aquarium. The plant grows on average 3 inches a day so it usually needs weekly trimming.
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