Monster Alternanthera Reineckii 'purple'

AtticusFynch

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I've got some huge alternanthera reineckii 'Purple' growing in my tank. Started from tiny two-leaf plants I got as a bonus from a bundle I bought here. They don't have much purple hue to them at this point, but they're a pretty dramatic centerpiece.

The bigger one has made it to the surface and is emersed by about an inch. I think I should trim them back, but I'm reluctant to, in part because the stems are super thick - about a quarter inch or so. I'd also rather them not start branching out to the sides too much and shading out other stuff (like the tiger lotus hiding in the corner there.)

Any advice?

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