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Old 03-16-2011, 10:23 AM   #1 
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Trimming plants?

I have a 5.5g tank that is only 10" high but I was considering adding some live plants. I would like to add a Dwarf Anubias, Anacharis, or cryptocoryne wendtii, but I am afraid that they will grow too tall or wide for my dinky tank. Am I supposed to trim them back if they get out of hand or should I just stick with fake plants?
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Old 03-16-2011, 11:16 AM   #2 
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I think you can trim them!
It shouldn't hurt the plant, they will just grow new leaves.
I don't think you should over trim them, just enough to keep it at a specific size. I think it's okay for the top of the plant to touch the surface of the water, just not if it's outside of it.
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Old 03-16-2011, 11:26 AM   #3 
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Welcome to the forum....

The Anubias is a slow grower and may not out grow the tank
Anacharis a good stem plant easy to trim and propagate
Crypt-semi slow grower...depending on the substrate...its a good low light plant...with mine I clip the older leaves to keep it more compact and tidy, but...it may out grow a 5g

Live plants are always a good idea in my opinion...you can't go wrong by adding them...lol......but I am a big aquatic plant lover too....lol......if the plants out grow the tank...its an excuse to get a bigger tank.....
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Thanks, I wasn't sure if the plants would leak anything into the water if I cut them, so I guess I was just worrying too much.
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