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Old 10-05-2011, 07:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default How do you keep your live plants down?

How do you keep your live plants to stay in the rock? Just bury them? Is there any tricks? Most of mine stay down, but I have had a few eventually come up and start floating.

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Old 10-05-2011, 07:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: How do you keep your live plants down?

what kind of plants are you having trouble with, i burry them good and pack the substrat tight around it to hold them down, some do take a little time for there roots to anchor them self down
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Default Re: How do you keep your live plants down?

I don't know exactly what they are called, but they were real piney, and there were basically like 5 or 6 branches all at the bottom, and some came up later then others...and it took quite a while for me not to see any pine leaves in the tank anymore. another one, I don't remember exactly, might just me not giving enough effort to it.
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Default Re: How do you keep your live plants down?

I keep mine down by insulting them constantly.


OH not what you meant?

Anyhow,it depends on the type of plant.If its a rhizome plant(which has a horizontal stem)then its best tied to a piece of driftwood or large rock.Stem plants just bury the stems.Rozette plants like swords,bury the root to the crown(where the leaves are coming from the roots,itll be almost a whitish color).Moss can be tied to decor or left afloat.and some plants are better floated.

Also a pic would be very helpful on the plants you are describing.
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Is it Cabomba?

You can order plant anchors from a few different sites. I use to use the ones from here AquariumPlants.com.
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Old 10-05-2011, 10:31 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Default Re: How do you keep your live plants down?

I pack the substrate around the plants as tight as possible. If they still float, I put a few rocks around the plant to try and hold it down. Once the roots start to grow, the rocks can be moved.

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My method is pretty simple. If the plant floats, and it's not supposed to, I yell at it. If it floats and IS supposed to, I go have a drink.
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Default Re: How do you keep your live plants down?

I don't have them insulated in anything, just bury the roots themselves. Am I doing it wrong? Seems to work for most of them.
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Default Re: How do you keep your live plants down?

You don't have to insulate them. Just bury the roots as you're doing - unless it's a plant like Java Fern or Anubias - those need to be anchored to porous rock or drift wood. With Amazon Swords, I've been told not to bury them too deep either.
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Default Re: How do you keep your live plants down?

I burry roots in the gravel. Sometimes I press base of the plant with small, but heavy enough rocks. This is usually enough; when the plant develops its own roots, everything is going well the natural way. I keep ferns and mosses in place by keeping small rocks on them.
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