02-25-2008, 03:08 PM
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Re: Don't Laugh. TOTAL NOOB QUESTIONS
Originally Posted by tyler12345
How do I root a plant?
This is a rootless plant and is usually tied to wood or rocks to anchor it until it begins to grow on them.
This is also a rootless plant, but needs to float in order to thrive. Both of these plants will pull nutrient levels directly from the water column
This is what is called a bunch plant, has very brittle stalks that break easily. It needs quite a bit of light and has a root structure that will grow from the stalks when it is doing well. The plant weights mentioned below will help keep in the gravel if they float.
Can I tie a rubber band around all the leaves/branches/don't know what it's called/ so that a plant grows strait?
Rubber bands aren't the best things to use in water. They break down and make a mess, are hard to remove. You should look at your LFS for lead plant weights. These are heavier which will help to keep your plants from floating to the surface, and flexible enough to gently wrap stems. Doing this will not ensure plants will grow straight, it depends on the plant and the lighting.
Should I let floating peices of plants stay? Will they make new plants?
Again this depends on the plant, the lighting, and the nutrient levels... also the fish in the tank. Some fish will nibble on plants, some will outright eat them, and others will dig them up if you plant them. What fish are in there?
How can I ensure that a plant won't move and actually grow? I just don't see progress, probably because I'm always moving them and picking at them, I just don't know these things.
Plants need to be left to settle in. Some plants are very sensitive to moving them, and can take up to 6 wks of being left alone before they start to settle in and grow. Too much handling is sure to kill most plants.
I have a filter and heater. I don't do anything for my plants. Do I need something to enhance/make plants grow?
Again that is dependent on what fish are in the tank, the nutrient levels, the lighting, and even the temp. Some plants do better in warm water, some in cooler water. Some need a lot of light, some need very little.
If you can tell us more about your tank we can maybe help you a little better. Anything, including water params for ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, and pH will all help a lot.