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post #21 of 31 Old 04-28-2012, 09:29 AM
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Also, when I trim the anacharis, do I just cut off at whatever length I want? And will It continue to grow if I replant the section cut off ?
You cut off the top portion which is the growing tip end, and plant the top portion as a new plant; the length depends upon what you want, but most people cut it down at the point where it begins to look scraggly. The lower portions of stem plants tend to look this way, even losing leaves completely, due to less light reaching them and the tops are closer to the light, growing toward light. The bottom portion you pull out and discard. This is done regularly to keep the stem plant at a specific general height.

On the Anarcharis, as I mentioned previously it prefers cooler water, room temp or lower even, so it will not be as fast growing as some other stem and floating plants.

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post #22 of 31 Old 05-02-2012, 02:04 AM Thread Starter
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Ok now that I have my tank planted, I have started to see tiny snails wich seems to have brown shells. Should I leave them or take them out? I'm assuming they came with the plants. Are there ways to avoid bringing snails with my plants?
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Ok now that I have my tank planted, I have started to see tiny snails wich seems to have brown shells. Should I leave them or take them out? I'm assuming they came with the plants. Are there ways to avoid bringing snails with my plants?
The small common snails are one of your best friends in a healthy aquarium. As they grow a bit, you should be able to identify them. The pond snail is common, as is the ramshorn. And the long tubular snail is the Malaysian Livebearing or Trumpet snail. All these are fine. They eat all waste they find, breaking it down into smaller particles that the bacteria can more easily handle. The snails get into spots you never can. The Malaysian in particular burrow through the substrate, a very good thing. They eat algae from plant leaves, though very minimally but it helps to control it.

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I have only seem like three snails so I'll probably just leave them. On the flourish comprehensive, when I add it, should the filter be running? Would the filter remove What I'm adding?
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I have only seem like three snails so I'll probably just leave them. On the flourish comprehensive, when I add it, should the filter be running? Would the filter remove What I'm adding?
Not unless you have chemical filtration like carbon or something. Filter pads/sponges/floss is fine, as this only traps particulate matter. I usually add the Flourish close to the filter return in the tank so it dissipates throughout better.

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I have an aqueon filter that uses filter pads so I'm guessing it will be alright?
Thanks for all the help Byron! I feel like I ask so many questions!
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I have an aqueon filter that uses filter pads so I'm guessing it will be alright?
Thanks for all the help Byron! I feel like I ask so many questions!
Filter cartridges can be plain wool stuff, or they can contain carbon and perhaps other chemical media to remove ammonia, nitrates, phosphates, etc. I've no idea what yours may be, but if you go to Aqueon's website and track down your filter model, it will probably tell you what is in the cartridges.

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The cartridge in my filter is like wool stuff but it contains carbon inside. Should I remove it before adding the comprehensive
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The cartridge in my filter is like wool stuff but it contains carbon inside. Should I remove it before adding the comprehensive
I would. Once the tank is running and has live plants, carbon is not going to benefit but likely the opposite. In its place, you can use the plain filter pad/wool. I believe you can buy pieces of filter pad and cut it to fit. Or stuff filter wool in. Or leave it blank (if there is some filter pad/wool in the filter elsewhere). Or fill the chamber with ceramic disks or lava rock. Many options.

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post #30 of 31 Old 05-05-2012, 02:09 PM Thread Starter
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I just bought a java fern and I've read it should be attached to rock or driftwood. Can it grow inserted on the substrate as well? I've got Eco complete. And just to make sure this plant doesn't need much light right? Because I have in a semi shaded area in the tank
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