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Old 03-30-2013, 05:00 PM   #1
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So, I have some plants that will send a chute to the surface and will either open into a big leaf or a type of flower. I would like to know what others do with these. I like the plants, but I'm not wild about having a bunch of these things firing off to the surface. I've cut them before, and they've come back. Just wondering if there is any value to letting them stay put.

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Yea, aponogetons and lilies are especially bad about that. Scissors aren't really much of a deterrent, but it keeps the tank fairly clean if you can stay on top of it. As far as preventing it.... Do a crappier job? The plants are doing that because they are healthy and have energy to spare to try to flower. Unfortunately not a whole lot you can do that I know of.


To of curiosity, what kind if lights do you have? And I don't ask this often, but what's the color rating on them?
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Old 03-30-2013, 05:44 PM   #3
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I'm running 2 fixtures, both are Aquatic Life 36" T5 HO fixtures. Both have 1 39w 6000K lamp and 1 39w roseate 650nm lamp (total 4 bulbs).

Here's a link to the spec sheet on them.
http://www.aquaticlife.com/sites/def...ets/420144.pdf
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Old 03-31-2013, 01:42 AM   #4
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Yea, aponogetons and lilies are especially bad about that. Scissors aren't really much of a deterrent, but it keeps the tank fairly clean if you can stay on top of it. As far as preventing it.... Do a crappier job? The plants are doing that because they are healthy and have energy to spare to try to flower. Unfortunately not a whole lot you can do that I know of.


To of curiosity, what kind if lights do you have? And I don't ask this often, but what's the color rating on them?
Any reason I should be concerned about cutting them back? I don't want to damage the plants long-term, but Im not wild about a bunch of wiry looking stems going from the floor to top of my tank... right now there are 5 and at least 1 more on it's way. The bananna plant was not so stubborn. I cut the chute once and it gave up.
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With my lilies I just cut the long stems off and they grow smaller compact stems with large leaves, it is just how mine grew and I have heard of others doing that too. Not sure about the other plants though.
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Mine go to the top of my 80g, but I let them dot hat. I love the look.

Since you don't, then no, it won't damage the plant to cut them back. When I do trim mine, I cut it close to where the stem is coming from the bulb.
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My water wisteria does this a lot. Im not too bothered by it. When I do trim, I pinch it in half with my fingers and replant the clipping. It's easy and cheap plant propagation.
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My water wisteria does this a lot. Im not too bothered by it. When I do trim, I pinch it in half with my fingers and replant the clipping. It's easy and cheap plant propagation.
Does that work will all these plants? They are growing from bulbs.
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Wisteria just grows tall. It doesn't grow in the way you're seeing.
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