plant trimming


Junior Poster
hello, my plants have been in my tank for about 10 days now, when i got them they were about 5 inches tall and now a lot of them are about 3 inches from the top of the water and all of them are over crowding the bottom of the tank. It's starting to look like a big blob of green, yellow and red. I've never had any success with a planted tank in the past so I never had to worry about trimming and shaping plants. what is the best way to do this? would it be ok to remove certain leaves on the stems that look old or covered in algae? where on the plant is the best place to snip? I have a lot of stem plants, and a ton of baby tears panted in a 75 gal. any help would be appreciated.


Prolific Poster
Jul 19, 2009
SK, Canada
Thanks for posting that abcemorse! I didn't know there was a "proper" way to trim. I just trim them down a couple inches from the surface, but I can understand how trimming close to the bottom would be beneficial to the plants.