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I need help planning first planted tank
Old 03-03-2010, 12:25 PM   #31
 
Plants just delivered here at work. I'll be planting by 6:30 tonight. Pics after that.
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Old 03-03-2010, 12:38 PM   #32
 
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YES!! Good luck! Looking forward to seeing those pictures.
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Old 03-03-2010, 08:20 PM   #33
 
Before:




After:








Now starts all the questions.
First and foremost all of the plants are starting to droop is that normal?, and second, two of the plants I ordered Dwarf Baby Tears & Anubias Barteri Var. Nana came in pots with this "stuff" packed around the roots like this:



I didn't know if I was suppose to take it off or not so you can see that I just left it. What is it and what do I do?
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Old 03-03-2010, 08:24 PM   #34
 
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Oh yea can we say a million miles improvement there - Looks sooooo much better; nice plant selection too!!! Job well done!!!

I'm starring at the last pic and can't figure out what you're talking about taking off? If you mean the lil foam stuff and planter baskets those need to come off not in the gravel (root rot otherwise) but I don't see anything in the pic of what should "come off"?
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Old 03-03-2010, 08:36 PM   #35
 
I took the little planter baskets off but there is some other packing "stuff" on there. Could be foam, I didn't try pulling it off. I'll check it tomorrow.
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Old 03-03-2010, 11:30 PM   #36
 
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What a nice improvement! It looks great. And you were so johnny-on-the-spot on the speed in which you posted your pics.

I always use a pair of tweezers to gently "pluck" out every piece of foam, batting, or whatever that stuff is they use. I try to remove every bit of it from the roots of the plants.
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Old 03-04-2010, 11:15 AM   #37
 
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Looks AWESOME! Major improvement. Very well done.

+1. The foam gets removed. Easiest is probably to fill a bucket and put the plant in and remove the foam while the plant is in the water. Running water also works. Nevr tried the tweezers, but that is also an excellent suggestion. I'll have to try that for those stubborn little pieces. Thanks, Kymmie.
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Old 03-04-2010, 12:36 PM   #38
 
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Very nice layout; you've left openness and the plants will spread via runners into it which will create a natural appearance. Nice work. B.
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Old 03-04-2010, 01:31 PM   #39
 
Thanks everyone. It means a lot since this is my first attempt.
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Old 03-04-2010, 02:06 PM   #40
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Oh yeah night and day from before to now picture. Well done!!!

I used the running water to slowly pick out the foam pieces as well. GREAT idea on the tweezers. I think next time I will lightly run water and use tweezers. Water helps separate the roots slowly as you pick out the foam I found.
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