Trimming E.Tenellus

scottward

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My E.Tenellus is finally starting to grow really well, putting out runners everywhere. In some parts of the tank the Tenellus is getting quite long leaves and a bit congested.

What is the best technique for keeping it at it's best?

Should I trim the leaves or completely remove them?

Is it ok to leave it congested, or should I thin it out by pulling out the largest plants, trimming of any runners, and re-planting in a less congested part of the tank?
 

Gerryd

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Hi Scott,

Just gently grab a plant and pull it out. It will be attached to many other plants (hence the name chain sword). Just pull out enough to create some space for new plants. The bigger plants can have the older outer leaves removed.

You don't have to remove all connected just what you want. You can also replant chains to go in other directions.

You may find 20-30 plantlets connected once you get in there :)

That stuff is a weed once it gets going............
 

Tom Barr

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There's a few ways, each has a trade off.

1# I like to use the sod method, basically a plastic paint scraper.
I cut "sod" out where I do not want the weed.

Method no#2; careful uprooting and trimming with scissors. You get the idea.

#3 uproot the entire wad and replant, works well if the plants have any algae, decay etc and need a good cleaning anyway. I refrain otherwise.
Sometimes you need to thin.

#4 Mow the lawn, pretty much what is says, down to 1/2 inch or so, leave the root crowns, and runners intact. They will regrow.

IME, tennellus grows denser and denser, you might have doubts, but it will given decent CO2 and time.

Regards,
Tom Barr
 

scottward

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Oct 26, 2007
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Hi Guys,

Thanks for the help here. I pulled up a few of the 'mother' plants in the most conjested areas and transplanted them to the less busy areas. Generally looking good, lots of runners. I do tend to redirect the runners; I 'aim' then toward the areas where I want the plants to fill up.

Scott.