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Cabomba vs. Apple Snail

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Cabomba vs. Apple Snail
Old 11-25-2011, 12:23 PM   #1
 
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Cabomba vs. Apple Snail

I have about 6 stems of Cabomba in my tall 25 gal and they're all growing wonderfully. I've had them for about a 2 months. However, my Apple Snail has started uprooting them. He tries to climb them and since he's big, and they're still fragile, they pop up out of the substrate and float to the top. Any ideas on how to anchor them? I've had to re-plant them 3 times now. I did a search and didn't come up with any ideas. Currently they're separate stems, so should I tie them together and then tie them onto a decoration? Any advice would be great. I'm new to plants . . .
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Old 11-27-2011, 12:39 PM   #2
 
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Cabomba looks nicer in small groups, say 3 or 4 stems. Try burying more of the stem in the substrate, maybe 3-4 inches; in this case, leave the leaves on the stem, it will help to hold them down. Another trick is to use small (2-3 inch) pebbles or stones around the stem.
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Old 11-29-2011, 09:34 AM   #3
 
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If you have a soft substrate, you can pin the stem to the substrate with a rock.(place a rock on top of the stem)

Be careful burying the stem..If you crush it or it rots, the dead part can creep all the way up the stem and kill it.
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Old 11-29-2011, 09:52 AM   #4
 
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My LFS has little lead strips that are used for weighing down plants.
For my Cabomba I made little bundles of 5/6 stems and wrapped the strip lightly around them, then stuck the ends of the bundles in the gravel.

Haven't tried them vs a snail though...
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Old 11-29-2011, 01:35 PM   #5
 
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Thank you everyone!! I'm off to bundle them together and weigh them down. I appreciate it!
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Old 11-29-2011, 02:29 PM   #6
 
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My LFS has little lead strips that are used for weighing down plants.
For my Cabomba I made little bundles of 5/6 stems and wrapped the strip lightly around them, then stuck the ends of the bundles in the gravel.

Haven't tried them vs a snail though...
When I bought my anacharis it had that weight strip on the bottom. I asked if I should leave it on and they said "no that's only for our display to keep them bundled". Are there any long term water quality issues with leaving lead in the tank?
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Old 11-29-2011, 03:05 PM   #7
 
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Don't know.
My tanks only a week or so along.
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Old 11-29-2011, 03:22 PM   #8
 
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Well lead is toxic... Just depends on how long it takes to begin to break down.
To be safe, dip the weights in aquarium silicone..
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Old 11-29-2011, 03:23 PM   #9
 
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I would not use them in the aquarium with fish. While it could be argued how much lead will leech into the water, and plants do have the capability of taking up some toxins including heavy metals--lead is a heavy metal that is highly toxic to all life, be it plant, animal, bacterial. I would not keep those lead weights on plants when they are planted. As we've noted in this thread, there are other safe methods.
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Old 11-29-2011, 04:51 PM   #10
 
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I'll be fixing that then.
Thanks
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