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HELP!!! I am making a mess of my new plants

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HELP!!! I am making a mess of my new plants
Old 07-15-2010, 10:07 PM   #21
 
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Oh, ok, I wasn't sure. I am having a heck of a time getting it to stay in. You should see my darn Tiger Barbs now. They are riding around in a circle on a large piece of the Pennywort that broke off from the big piece and is spinning in cicles by the outflow from the filter. They look like kids on a Merry-Go-Round. lol I wish I had video. That might keep me from wanting to deep fry them right now after they keep uprooting the plants I did get in. I know that they don't normally do that so they must just be really curious about the new plants.

Would it be ok to keep the Rotala like that for a few days until the Eco comes or no?
The visuals of the plant merry-go-round are hilarious!!

And the deep fried barb LOL!! Any idea what kind of wine goes with that? Maybe a nice crips Pinot?

And I just got back from eating sushi. Guess I should have stayed away from the forum for a bit (at least until I digest). Oh the guilt.
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Old 07-15-2010, 10:23 PM   #22
 
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Romad, it is hilarious to watch too. I can't believe those goofballs are still at it. They seem to be enjoying themselves and it is keeping them from uprooting any of the other plants so... Have at it little fishes. :)
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Old 07-16-2010, 09:55 AM   #23
 
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This mornings update: Plants are still hanging in there. I have a LOT of dead leaves and bits of plant material that is rotting in the tank. Today I will be trying to remove some of that. Many of the leaves on the plants are kind of getting clear so that is worrysome. Hopefully they can bounce back.

How do you guys keep your filter input from getting clogged up with plant bits? I have cleared it several times already but it continues to get clogged up.

I am keeping lights on longer for now so they get plenty of vitamins from the sun and will add flourish today to pump them up.
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Old 07-16-2010, 11:41 AM   #24
 
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Could it be that the plants set outside / with the mailman in the heat outside for a while? Cause the way I packed them up under normal delivery you'd not see that extent of melting.
That said I'd not worry, the pennywort will grow back quick (the round leave plant that floats) so just pinch off any 'clear' looking leaves there. The "grass" you ref to earlier is the narrowleaf chain sword, just cut the outer leaves off on the bottom and they will grow new leaves from the center of the plant. Also quite the fast grower.
The 'touchiest' one I send would be the Ludwigia (the green-red round colored leaves) is that all melted too or working for ya?

I'd not worry, as long as you keep them in the ground and proper lights they may shed a few leaves now but give it a few weeks and they'll all start growing again.
Also on a side note all the one's I send in the mix in there they all feed from the water column meaning use flourish comprehensive, the only one that may actually have a possible benefit from the eco may be the narrowleaf chain sword (the "grass") but the eco won't really help the other plants. Even then my narrowleaf grows like nuts in plain fine gravel
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Old 07-16-2010, 11:53 AM   #25
 
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Could it be that the plants set outside / with the mailman in the heat outside for a while? Cause the way I packed them up under normal delivery you'd not see that extent of melting.
That said I'd not worry, the pennywort will grow back quick (the round leave plant that floats) so just pinch off any 'clear' looking leaves there. The "grass" you ref to earlier is the narrowleaf chain sword, just cut the outer leaves off on the bottom and they will grow new leaves from the center of the plant. Also quite the fast grower.
The 'touchiest' one I send would be the Ludwigia (the green-red round colored leaves) is that all melted too or working for ya?

I'd not worry, as long as you keep them in the ground and proper lights they may shed a few leaves now but give it a few weeks and they'll all start growing again.
Also on a side note all the one's I send in the mix in there they all feed from the water column meaning use flourish comprehensive, the only one that may actually have a possible benefit from the eco may be the narrowleaf chain sword (the "grass") but the eco won't really help the other plants. Even then my narrowleaf grows like nuts in plain fine gravel

The touchy one, Ludwigia is in the ground/gravel but it is sort of flipped over, like it is exhausted. I am hoping that it will bounce back. (or maybe it doesn't normally stand straight up? ) I will add more Flourish Comprehensive tonight. I want to wait the 24 hours after water change. I did add a few root tabs to the gravel. Hopefully that will help stimulate the roots to take hold. I will feel better once I know they are not going to come floating out.

It is quite possible they sat out somewhere but I checked before I went to my Dr. Appt and they were not there. About an hour later when I came home they were so they didn't sit out here. I also have a covered porch so they were not in direct sun but who knows where they sat before being loaded into the truck. They felt cool enough when I opened them. I suspect all the temperature changes is hard on plants. They were kept plenty moist the way you shipped them, which is great.

I am certain that it is partly to do with my clumsy, inexperienced way of handling them. I tried to be gentle but like I said, I felt like a bull in a china shop. I am going to let the Pennywort float for awhile. At least until I can decide where I want to plant it. So far, it keeps letting pieces go that clog up my intake. My Camboba keeps letting go little pieces as well. I think the whole tank is a little stressed right now. The fish seem fine though. They are really really enjoying the floating Pennywort. ha ha

I had to add: I didn't see ANY snails. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! ha ha
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Old 07-16-2010, 12:14 PM   #26
 
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I know what you're going through.I just made the move to live plants a couple of months ago and had the same problems with planting.Every day for the first week or so I would have a val floating and a couple of stems of rotala.My fish seemed to love the rotala and would tear it to pieces before I found it so I've since replaced it with anachris.Now all the plants are doing great except for my echinodorus rubin.The vals are sending out runners with a couple of daughter plants coming up and the crypts are bushing out nicely.
Just have patience and you'll have lush plants before you know it.
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Old 07-16-2010, 12:20 PM   #27
 
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Just have patience and you'll have lush plants before you know it.
Thanks Bones. I normally am patient, though not showing that here. lol I guess it is just hard for me to watch as my fish and myself destroy these lovely plants. Hopefully, nature will take over and they will take root and thrive. Just like with cycling, I may have to just look the other way for awhile and let it happen. lol
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Old 07-16-2010, 01:20 PM   #28
 
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Sometimes...Lord only know what the postoffice does with boxes I really don't lol
Like I said if you see any mushy / see through one's justtake the leaves off that will help your intake some as well. Then once they're a lil more settled in this will stop and you won't see that intake issue any more.
It may just seem that way from reading posts / pm's but also you don't wanna overdose with the flourish, just do the recommended dose 1x week the day after your w/c and that will be plenty sufficient for the plants. Cause "overfeeding" so to speak can also help you develop algae problems, if there's mre nutritions then the plants need in your water.
LOL yea I set there forever checking every leaf make sure there's no MTS anywhere on any plant lol glad you're happy.
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Old 07-16-2010, 01:55 PM   #29
 
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I am happy. I will be even more so once they fill out. I won't over dose the fertilizer, I was going with the 2 times a week like the bottle said, but I can cut it back to 1 time. I just thought now in the beginning since they were so stressed they might like a little extra.

Can you tell how I deal with stress? ha ha EAT!!!
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