08-24-2010, 11:21 PM
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Originally Posted by blacklabel3
I can't keep my stem type plants planted for anything. I have elodea canadensis, and another similar plant that I'm unsure of the name. The fish don't seem to be uprooting them, but they just seem to work their way out of the substrate on there own, no matter how well I plant them. I've even tried covering there bases with rocks or other decorations, doesn't help. One tank I have has a sand substrate, and the other has a rock substrate. Both tanks refuse to stay planted.
i know this problem all too well
have you tried tying the bases of the plants to small rocks with fishing line or rubber bands? problem is that if you do this or bury the ends, because that's not how these plants grow, that part of the plant will rot. elodea sends out trailing roots that anchor it to the substrate and i assume the other plant does something similar. i have floating elodea and if you leave it for long enough, it sends out roots from the stem that anchor it into the substrate. i don't like tying elodea down - it just rots at the base. it looks kind of disorderly drifting about, although that is a look i rather like personally.