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post #11 of 57 Old 06-05-2013, 09:09 AM Thread Starter
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how effective are root tabs in a tank with gravel, I was just wondering because I followed the instructions and it said to insert half way into bed and I was wondering if I should have put them closer to the roots, some of the tabs are on the other side of the plant( anachris) also out of my three anubias plants one has a leaf that has some black spots on the edge and the other plant has part of the root that is kinda see through and just flowing around where as the rest of the roots look real strong and are a nice green color like the rest of the plant and Im not sure if I should cut that part off or just leave it, its only doing that about half way down the root and the other half is green. I used about 1/2 tsp of seachem flourish today

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post #12 of 57 Old 06-05-2013, 11:35 AM
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how effective are root tabs in a tank with gravel, I was just wondering because I followed the instructions and it said to insert half way into bed and I was wondering if I should have put them closer to the roots, some of the tabs are on the other side of the plant( anachris) also out of my three anubias plants one has a leaf that has some black spots on the edge and the other plant has part of the root that is kinda see through and just flowing around where as the rest of the roots look real strong and are a nice green color like the rest of the plant and Im not sure if I should cut that part off or just leave it, its only doing that about half way down the root and the other half is green. I used about 1/2 tsp of seachem flourish today
You won't see much benefit from root tabs with Anacharis. The liquid Flourish Comp will be best. I only use substrate tabs with large sword plants and my Tiger Lorus, both of which are heavy root feeders, and I insert a tab about 1-2 inches from the plant.

On the Anubias, can you post a photo, as I'm not sure what you're asking about the roots. The rhizome must not be buried; Anubias is best azttached to a piece of wood or rock.

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post #14 of 57 Old 06-06-2013, 10:36 PM Thread Starter
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I dosed my plants with flourish wensday morning and I was wondering what would be a good schedule between using flourish and water changes and Im thinking about taking out the gravel in my tank and I wanted to know what would be the best kind of substrate to use. Thank you for all the help.
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I dosed my plants with flourish wensday morning and I was wondering what would be a good schedule between using flourish and water changes and Im thinking about taking out the gravel in my tank and I wanted to know what would be the best kind of substrate to use. Thank you for all the help.
The water change should be done weekly, on the same day, example every Sunday or something. Then dose Flourish Comp the following morning.

On the substrate, what fish are in this tank, or intended? Some are best with sand, some could have fine gravel. Plants are fine in either. I have switched all but one of my tanks over from fine gravel to sand. I use Quikrete Play Sand as it is not rough, and it looks like the sand in the Amazon so it is authentic. My substrate fish like corys seem to love it.

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post #16 of 57 Old 06-09-2013, 02:01 PM Thread Starter
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I was just wondering whats causing my anachris and moss ball to turn brown, I dose with flourish once a week and the anachris is planted but I read that it needs to be anchored down I guess that means not planted. The lights are turned on at 7:00 am and stay on until 3:00 pm im running two 10 watt energy smart day light 6500k cfl bulbs in the 10g tank and I was just curious if I need to up the dosage on the flourish or cut back the duration on the lights thanks for the help and advice that everyone has been given me
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I was just wondering whats causing my anachris and moss ball to turn brown, I dose with flourish once a week and the anachris is planted but I read that it needs to be anchored down I guess that means not planted. The lights are turned on at 7:00 am and stay on until 3:00 pm im running two 10 watt energy smart day light 6500k cfl bulbs in the 10g tank and I was just curious if I need to up the dosage on the flourish or cut back the duration on the lights thanks for the help and advice that everyone has been given me
It is likely the temperature. This stem plant does best in temperate water, i.e., room temperature, not tropical. This is why it is so useful in goldfish tanks.

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I have this plant planted in the substrate and it does fine but I have noticed it does do better in temperate tanks as Byron has mentioned already. In my "cooler" tanks it thrives but in my puffer tank which is about 78° it doesn't do to good.

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post #19 of 57 Old 06-10-2013, 08:26 AM Thread Starter
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that would explain the browness on the plant I don't have a heater or a thermometer in the tank yet but the water is kind of warm so in a 10g gravel tank what would be a good background plant to have.
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that would explain the browness on the plant I don't have a heater or a thermometer in the tank yet but the water is kind of warm so in a 10g gravel tank what would be a good background plant to have.
If you have moderately hard or harder water, Vallisneria (the "corkscrew" variety) is good. In softer water (Vall does not do well in soft water) chain sword or pygmy chain sword work, or for a stem plant Pennywort.

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