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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-04-2013, 07:09 PM Thread Starter
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Updated Pics of 10gal NPT (1 month before and after)

Here is my 10gal NPT on day 1, which some of you have seen already.

Here it is after 1 month, after moving/replanting a lot (yes i removed the Bacopa from the front left)

Things are going pretty good as you can see. My noobie question is, what happens now that I'm running out of space? (I want to keep the front middle open for feeding when I eventually get my corys). Seeing as this is my first time, Im just starting to recognize the pattern of my stem plants. When they get too tall and I trim them, that specific end stops growing, but a new branch will sprout at a different spot. This may seem dumb, but won't the "new spots" for branches to grow eventually run out as I continue to trim often?? And what about the ends that don't grow anymore, will they just sit there or idk?
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-04-2013, 08:30 PM Thread Starter
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Can't seem to edit post, but forgot to say rates/comments appreciated :) dont mind the question on the bottom if youre just a looker :)
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post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-04-2013, 11:45 PM
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Nice tank :)
the growth of a new sideshoot is completely normal. unless you cut it right down to the root, the plant will still regrow.
if you run out of space... sell your plants! hahaha
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Wow, looks great! I agree with aokashi. If you run out of room you can always sell/trade some, or give some to friends. :)

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At the friendly little local petshop I used to frequent before it went all online, I was given hefty discouts in exchange for giving him my plants. We had a flood up north where the elodea farms are, so I became his sole elodea supplier for a while. :p He ended up giving me my beautiful halfmoon boy for $11.50 when his normal price was $23.50.

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Got a buncha stems in a bucket under a light, gonna need to trim again soon too...sheesh

On the flipside, my right side java fern still doesnt good root growth. one side of the roots seems anchored in, but the other side is visibly out of the substrate and not digging in, very small dark colored roots. I wonder about how slow they grow

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+1 for the white clouds :)
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post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-15-2013, 09:06 AM
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nice growth and progress indeed. I suggest sticking with fast grower plants as they are less needy and tend to be hardier than others.

You can consider other plants though that maybe help scale the tank's size a bit better like rotalas and some variety of hygros. I would post a plant trimming sale post however i dont have enough posts to particpate in the classifieds as of yet but i have sold trimmings weekly to hobbyists all over the u.s.
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post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-27-2013, 07:06 PM Thread Starter
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Check out all my baby java fern!!

What do i do with them, especially since i really dont have much space for them to go, maybe a little in the back. Will they... fall off? Keep growing like that? Idk, new to all this.

Also, as i kind of thought, my plant growth has somewhat slowed down as compared to when i had a bunch of space for growth. It seems as if after you trim a certain stalk (talking about the anacharis/cabomba), it will either grow off a different spot of the stalk, or eventually just...sit there. Like if its too cramped, or if im supposed to remove the stalk completely and replant something new. Some of the stagnant "older stalks" are not as green either. Idk.. i guess im just asking what are the methods of advanced stages of growth.

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When I kept anacharis-I had the same experience-it would slow after awhile and then totally stop growing and reproducing-this is the main reason I don't keep it.

The Cabomba however, grow like a weed and I can't keep up with the growth-I have some that will grow well into the 2ft range-it rarely will have side shoots-I pinch the top and replant and the mother stem-keeps growing-even under the carpet of frogbit.

Are the trims from the plants growing well-if so and the mother stem isn't-remove the mother stem and replace it with its trimmed top.

Are you using any ferts, how much and how often are the water changes and stocking level-How many days or months has the tank been setup.

How old are the light bulbs

Stems can sometimes be picky and you have to use what works best in the tank.

The baby ferns-you can let them float if you have run out of places to attach them or start another tank....lol.....sometimes with successful planted tanks-you can end up with lots of tanks and containers full of excess plants due to plant growth.
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