Impressive trimmings…and plant health! I would love to own an tank this size one day, congrats for the maintenance on this beast mate, this must take quite some time.
Thank you! Yeah it's a lot more resourceful haha.
I like this technique in theory. I'll give it a go next time I reset my stems. Ripping out all of the roots isn't ideal.@Saman
Rather than bomb your journal with photos will post on here. Total reset of a stem section in pictures…
Gently cut below the substrate to sever roots:
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If the stems are correctly cut from the roots you won’t get any growth reappearing. The roots will breakdown and replanting into the soil will be unobstructed by old growth.
Know the height you want to reset to. Add an inch for burying:
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Pick your best stems:
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Lay them down so all tips are at the same height:
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Cut to desired height:
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Replant the section and water change:
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This example is with Limnophila hippuridoides that always requires tops replanting to keep it under control.
With H’ra plant in bunches of three, spaced 1-2cm apart. Prune back the top third of growth to encourage side growth and maintain the desired shape. Once cutting back the top third no longer keeps growth beneath the desired height, reset the stem section as above.
I like this technique in theory. I'll give it a go next time I reset my stems. Ripping out all of the roots isn't ideal.
You'll get no complaints from me 😃It might even be an idea to add a dedicated marine forum to UKAPS.
You obviously have the knowledge and skills to maintain healthy tanks,that's a fact. Sometimes we need to look, take stock, and enjoy what we've created... so... enjoy 😉So… It’s no scapers tank but it’s a joy to maintain
Hope you're going to start a journal for the reef setup. It might even be an idea to add a dedicated marine forum to UKAPS.
Sometimes we need to look, take stock, and enjoy what we've created... so... enjoy 😉
Nope, seems logical to me. The strange thing (I won't say silly) is that lots of people will never experience that feeling.It may seem silly John but when putting this latest scape together it was for the 30 minutes you get at sunrise and sunset in spring and autumn.
And to think I've been sitting here in the dark until the the tank lights come on at 12.00 before opening the blackout curtains for the last 16 years.You may find me on a very popular reef forum posting photos to see if they can be brought over to the freshwater side 😂😝😂
Would be lovely to be able to chat marine with this lovely community. Finding that a lot of folk do both sides of the hobby. There’s a lot of methods to be traded from both sides also, so a marine section on the forum gets a vote from me… You can never have too much knowledge and experience on a forum.
It may seem silly John but when putting this latest scape together it was for the 30 minutes you get at sunrise and sunset in spring and autumn. The house is east/west facing and each side catches the light in morning and evening. Whenever possible I grab a coffee and watch the tanks from the kitchen doorway at these times. This is what you get:
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Lights are off at these times as they’re set to be on when the solar is producing to run them. Natural light only. Never gets old and the fish are at their most beautiful to watch. Not apparent in this photo but they shoal around the tank in one big group during this limited time.