Wednesday, December 29, 2010

How to trim aquarium plants

     Trimming  is performed on plants with stem, using some scissors. Replanting the top is made at about one third of the length. The bottom of the mother plant remained produces lateral twigs which we could trim later.
     The upper area of a plant with stem release chemicals that inhibit the growth of lateral twigs. If  we strongly cut or pinch the upper zone, this substances don't get to the bottom area of the plant, and lateral twigs can grow and then be trimmed.
     If the bottom of the stem of a plant loses its leaves, this is a sign that light doesn't get to the bottom of the tank. Plant is cut at a few inches of soil and replant the top in good condition. Bottom can then be eliminated. If we have small breeding containers we can use them for an aquatic greenhouse, for plant culture strain. It's better to use liquid fertilizer or balls of clay.
     Plants without stem thick at their base, sometimes forming small side branches, set with roots. They can be cut through gently with a razor blade and can be replanted. Fragmentation of the basal part applies to many plants, for example at cryptocoryns.
     Some plants, like Echinodorus, develop an aerial stem that grow horizontally and at the end has a young plant, which produces roots and can be fixed in the soil, either spontaneously or because of the intervention of a hobby aquarium-keeper. After about one week, the roots develop enough and the aerial stem can be cut
      Regarding Congo fern, it emits a rhizome that grows slowly and new leaves appear on it. Cutting this rhizome between two leaves, we get two independent plants that will continue to grow normally in the tank.

1 comment:

  1. Doing timely trimming of our freshwater aquarium plants can ensure a clean and healthy-looking environment for our fishes. It is best to routinely care for our plants through trimming.