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Help with carpeting Hydrocotyle Tripartita (sp. Japan)

Discussion in 'Aquascaping' started by Tiago Nicolau, Jan 20, 2014.

  1. Tiago Nicolau

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    Hi all, i love this plant, but its one pain to place it horizontal so it grows that way into carpeting,

    Is there any technique i should use to aid in carpetting this beautiful weedy plant?

    Here how it is now:

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    So i used some runners and buried them to the ground in an anchor kind of way, i saw the ideas of Tropica to push it down manually wich i do sometimes,

    But i dont know how to make it bushier..is the technique of pruning it by cutting the runners effective?

    The way i see it, it will go forth near the ground as it is, but not that thick..
     
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    You'll need high light to get this plant to carpet thickly. Be warned though, it's a weed and can and WILL over take your tank if you let it.
     
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    I remember reading something yesterday about this and you just squish it down to keep it low. Maybe just cut off the high ones and replant :)
     
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    Thanks for the replies, meanwhile i already got some sucess carpeting it, my light inst high, this stuff about high light is not a straith rule, its more about CO2 levels, and they get a constant flow of bubbles lol,

    I do the squich thing, maybe that helped at some degree since the runners on them are thick and kinda warp when i do it,
    Then i cut the bigger ones and replanted, with some effort since they tend to get loose from the tool, and the new runners are growing attached to the soil,
    They sure are the fastest plants to grow, day after day some tiny leaves sprout and grow :)

    I also notice the main mass of them are thicker than before.

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    Thanks for the replies, meanwhile i already got some sucess carpeting it, my light inst high, this stuff about high light is not a straith rule, its more about CO2 levels, and they get a constant flow of bubbles lol,

    I do the squich thing, maybe that helped at some degree since the runners on them are thick and kinda warp when i do it,
    Then i cut the bigger ones and replanted, with some effort since they tend to get loose from the tool, and the new runners are growing attached to the soil,
    They sure are the fastest plants to grow, day after day some tiny leaves sprout and grow :)

    I also notice the main mass of them are thicker than before.
     
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    my LFS just added some to their planted display after failing at a DHG carpet... but they were using a clear flat piece of acrylic maybe 8x10 or something, and placed it on top of the hydroctle to keep it down, and let light in. i thought that was a pretty smart idea
     
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