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    Dry start method- should I trim before I flood?

    I have a jar thats 2.5 gallons or so, and growing in nicely.
    Soil substrate, capped with black sand.

    For flora, i have hygrophila sp (?), ludwigea sp(repens?), anubis nana petite, dwarf hairgrass, and dwarf baby tears. The ludwigea repens is outgrowing everything. I'm about to flood in a couple weeks, and wondering if ludwigea will survive if i cut it flush with the sand and let the plant regrow from the roots?

    I got a light set up today so the ludwigea is a tiny big leggy for my liking.

    Also my dry start was a little too wet, and theres cyano on the sand amd creeping up the glass at the bottom. Should i do something about it? Maybe flood, remove what i can, dose with glut, then drain again?20190509_082946.jpg20190509_082916.jpg20190509_082852.jpg

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    Leave some leaf nodes. But you can definitely trim the Ludwigia down.
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    Yeah i was wondering if it would survive and regrow from the roots? The ludwigea is right up against my dwarf baby tears area, and im concerned the bottom nodes will be visible and ugly. Should i replant the tops? The bottoms have such good root systems, Id hate to do it.
    Maybe plant the tops at the transition to hide it?

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    Nope leave it alone just flood it.

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    I you want to trim that'd be OK, but like Nick shades said, leave some leaf nodes. It'll help it adapt to it's submersed state better.

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