I am very new to the planted aquariums, only about three weeks in the hobby. I have a 5.5G cube with Aquaray 400 LED, CO2(1d per 2-3 secs) and EI dosing through liquid Seachem line. I have about 1.5-2.5 inch of Seachem Flourite Black gravel as my substrate. There are only 4 fish(2 German Ram and 2 Glass Catfish) and 3 ampullarias. My light cycle is 10 hours and I use Fluval 204 for light water circulation and to filter out occasional stuff.
My aquarium is not densely planted yet. I do have a slight concern about my Aponogeton. When I bought it I was told that it is an Aponogeton Crispus. Each sample (I have two) does look OK, old leaves were a bit broken, I had to trim few and some of the old ones get some dark-ish areas. What concerns me is that it tends to sprout flowers(beautiful though ) and what I think surface leaves (they have much longer stems then the original ones). I read in few sources that it is suggested to cut flower stems before the plant grow 15-20 regular leaves (I have about 12 + 4 long ones). In the other source people mention that Aponogeton grows during particular phases and it is better not to bother it. So, as you can see, it is a bit confusing for me.
I would really appreciate if somebody can help me better understand how to work better with this plant.
Thanks in advance!
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