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[APD] Amano's Trimming Method

Message: 3
Date: Sun, 29 Aug 2004 15:17:34 -0400
From: "Byron J. Yu" <sixty9 at gmail_com>
Subject: [APD] Amano's Trimming Method (readable version)
To: aquatic-plants at actwin_com


Sorry about the last post... not enough sleep last night... Here's the
same post but more readable...

Whenever my stem plants grow too long, i've always taken them out, cut
and replanted the tops, and unless i want to thicken it up, throw away
the bottoms. The advantages are that the aquarium always looks
somewhat presentable. The disadvantage is that the plants always end
up being position differently and the aquascape changes because of
that, especially if u have to move wood and rocks around to replant

Well, I was lucky enough to get my hands on an Aquajournal, and based
on a set of sequential pics and a rough translation, it seems Amano's
method is to just trim the tops of the plants while their still in the
aquarium, throw them away, and just let the bottoms regrow. The
benifits i see of this process is that u preserve the positioning in
the aquascape, but i'm thinking the aquarium must look like crap until
the plants grow back again.

Just wondering what u guys do about trimming, and what u guys think.



While I can't speak for Mr. Amano, I also chop the tops off of my stem plants. One step I found helps the tank look better while the plants grow back in, is to select the best newly cut tips of the plants, then use long, skinny tweezers to plant the best looking ones among the newly trimmed plant. Since the tips are in tact, they grow back quickly, and the chopped ones will grow back even bushier eventually. Best of luck!


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