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Flourite or Aqua Soil, Which one
Old 04-05-2011, 09:27 PM   #11
 
I have not that hard of water. I think it was in TFH magazine hat I saw it syaing that it changed the waer, I looked into it and on their website it doesn't say any power sand or any thing. would just ADA be fine or something on top. I also read that they took apart baby tears so it would carpet or something like that. Is that necissary?
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Old 04-06-2011, 10:20 AM   #12
 
Are you planning on growing HC? HC should be planted in small patches so it spreads. I beleive ADA AS can be used on its own, but the ADA site says to use powersand to help establish a bacteria colony. From what ive read, powersand is useless after a year anyway, its just to help start aquariums.

TBH, sometimes i feel like ADA is the Apple of the aquarium world, their things are always more expensive and of high quality, but not all of it is really needed, but they still charge a premium for all of it.

I would suggest you look more into ADA AS affecting water chemistry before using it. I'm 90% sure it just adds a bunch of fertilizer into your water for plants including nitrates but does not alter PH, it might affect hardness though, so make sure you check before you buy or it might make your water unsuitable for some fish.
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Old 04-06-2011, 10:55 AM   #13
 
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If it was me, I'd go with Ecocomplete.
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Old 04-06-2011, 08:03 PM   #14
 
Okay so i went back to the mag and say that it changes the KH and pH and I am fairly sure that it is to the acidic side because 'Amazonian' sooo. What is HC and maybe if it is baby tears or dwarf hairgrass.
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Old 04-06-2011, 09:11 PM   #15
 
HC is dwarf baby tears.
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Old 04-06-2011, 10:24 PM   #16
 
Okay well fixed my problem with the okay with the boss so will be getting ADA tomorrow possibly and my plants. Is it okay to put plants in the first day? So if I want HC to carpet how would I do this.
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Old 04-06-2011, 11:09 PM   #17
 
separate the plants into little bits and plant with tweezers in little bunches all over the area you want to grow hc. Then fill the tank very very carefully so they dont float away. if they float away, replant with tweezers. Other option is to dry-start it like the other guy in another HC post. But that takes patience and at least a few weeks for the HC to get established.
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Old 04-07-2011, 12:43 AM   #18
 
I don't wnat to wait sooo I will do as you said. Do I physically tear the plant into little bunches andplant them.
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Old 04-07-2011, 10:33 AM   #19
 
separate them at the rhizome, just tearing it apart will make it very difficult to plant.

quoting plantpedia:

"To plant Hemianthus callitrichoides cut a larger portion into smaller three to five stem bunches. Plant these bunches approximately one-half (1 cm) apart. Using a curved tweezer may help in the planting process. "


From experiences i have read about other people planting HC, it seems like this is an extremely frustrating plant to deal with. There are lots of people who experience HC float, where a gentle bump of the tank or a small water change dislodges whole patches of newly planted HC.

Good luck, post pics if you can, its always nice to see people's tanks develop.
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Old 04-07-2011, 06:59 PM   #20
 
I have to wait untill tax season is over and then I can. MY parents are very busy now sooooo:cry : Okay so I am fairly new to plants and have no idea what a rihzome is.
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