Trim Plants to Reduce Algae

Sorg67

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Does trimming plants encourage growth? If so, does that help reduce algae?
 

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Yes it encourages more compact growth on a lot of plants. Some plants will send out more runners and propogate. More plants equals more competition for algae. But may not always mean less algae.
 

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While trimming plants may increase growth in the long term, short term fewer nutrients will be drawn out of the water column and more light will get through the tank which could increase algae growth. It will all depend on how much you trim back.
 

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Well, for some plants like rotala and ludwigia, you cut at a point on the stem and can replant the cuttings. Which equals to more plants growing/more plant matter. I see your point, but I think the replanting process is important, and impacts whether or not you see a decrease in algae.
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While trimming plants may increase growth in the long term, short term fewer nutrients will be drawn out of the water column and more light will get through the tank which could increase algae growth. It will all depend on how much you trim back.
 

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