Acicularis 1st trim

Discussion in 'Plant Help' started by Nick16, 18 Mar 2010.

  1. Nick16

    Nick16 Member

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    hi all, im going to give my hairgrass its 1st trim this weekend. (hopefully)

    however, when trimming it, am i taking it down to subtrate level (im guessing yes)
    and also, and i cutting any new shoots that have come up away from the main 'clumps' that i initially planted? - or should i try to aviod hacking new shoots.?


    cheers
     
  2. Dave Spencer

    Dave Spencer Member

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    I generally try to avoid cutting new shoots, but there will be plenty within the main plant mass that will get cut. It isn`t too critical in my experience, though. Cutting back Eleocharis sp sure does get messy.

    Dave.
     
  3. George Farmer

    George Farmer Founder Staff Member

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    Most Eleocharis is as tough as old boots once it gets going.

    You can pretty much do what you want to it and it will come back healthy.
     
  4. mlgt

    mlgt Member

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    I find trimming hairgrass is a 2 person job :)

    I siphon a tube close to it, and then snip away :)

    Siphon takes away the mess whilst doing a water change. I used to uproot hairgrass before replanting but not any more.
     
  5. Nick16

    Nick16 Member

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    i have a 2 foot deep tank so siphoning is very tricky. i will just turn off all filters and powerheads, then snip away and use a new to scoop up everything that rises to the surface.

    with my stems, im just going to snip them at about 1/3rd from the base and replant the rest.

    cheers
     
  6. JamesM

    JamesM Member

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    Leave about 10mm at the base, but otherwise hack away. When you're done, net any floating grass and drop your water level a little so you can wipe away any stuck to the glass. Simples :thumbup:

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    Go can easily go lower than I have in these pics. I left a little extra because of the HC amongst the lawn.
     
  7. ceg4048

    ceg4048 Expert/Global Moderator Staff Member

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    Sweet one mate. :thumbup: I hadn't seen the mature version of this one.

    Cheers,
     
  8. JamesM

    JamesM Member

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    Thanks Clive :D
     
  9. Lisa_Perry75

    Lisa_Perry75 Member

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    Wow that tank does look good James! I love how the blyxa looks almost like fireworks (I really hope someone understands what I mean!).
     

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