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Old 01-24-2013, 06:14 PM   #11
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No such thing as a stupid question! Generally speaking, no - you should do your pruning underwater, so as not to disturb the plants. Since you JUST put it in there, if you only did it this one time - it'd probably be okay. But for future pruning, don't. You want to let your plant and it's roots settle in and stablize, and pulling it out all of the time won't help with that :)

Do you have any other plants thriving in the tank? I'm not very familiar with lighting, except what I use - and even LESS so with LED, but generally speaking, the lights that come with *most* tank setups aren't in a spectrum that is beneficial to plantlife - more for viewing the fish than keeping plants healthy. But again - no clue with LEDs.
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Old 01-24-2013, 06:24 PM   #12
Yes, the plastic ones, LOL.

The roots and stalks of this plant are like bean sprouts. So when I put it in there I seperated it into small sections and planted it in front of the plastic ones.

I hate to think I may lose this pretty little plant, but if what I currently have is not sufficient for the plant, I don't want to mess the enviroment up for my fish.
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Old 01-24-2013, 06:52 PM   #13
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Well... changing the lighting around isn't going to mess anything up for your fish! Actually, if anything, every fish I've ever met PREFERS a planted tank, so you'd be doing them a favor! But I'm still not the person to talk to about LED lighting, it could be fine. Hopefully one of the pros in this area pops by with some advice for you as far as LEDs are concerned. I'm not even sure if you can replace the fixture! It may just be a wait, watch, and see kind of thing, often is with plants even when you know everything should be perfect! Hopefully all will be well, and this plant will thrive. If not, remember that it might just not be the right plant for your tank/lighting. You can always try again with a lower-light plant like a Java Fern, Anubias, or even an (adorable) little Marimo Mossball (Mossballs are indestructible and oh-so-cute)!
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Old 01-24-2013, 08:17 PM   #14
OK... I pulled these little guys out, cleaned them up and put them back.

I had a lot of milky, cloudy debris from the plant in the water from pulling them out. I used my net too scoop as much of this out as I could. I was afraid it would mess the entire tank up.

However, they are back in there now. If they do not do very well in the next week or so, I may take them out and investigate further into replacing them.

Thank you so much for all of your advice.
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Old 01-26-2013, 11:21 AM   #15
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mkine is a little out of contol its up to the top of my tank and thick up there but fish live in there you can cut the tops off and replant also new growth will start at the bottom at one point you will have to trim I had leaves die on it
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Old 01-26-2013, 11:26 AM   #16
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can you easily move watersprite

I have recently (in November) a bunch of plants that we bought from a wholesaler and they werent labeled when I planted them by the time I got them home I wasn't sure which were which because they had no labels and looked all the same when they were home but it was a good deal and I bought home 23 plants for $2.25 each I planted water sprite(which I didn't know it was at the front of my aquarium and would love to move it back when I do my water change tomorrow its up to the top of my aquarium and blocking ny smaller plants especially my Java Fern growing on driftwood will it be ok?
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Old 01-26-2013, 12:21 PM   #17
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Jmecon - Looks like Nemo was right! I was at PetSmart yesterday and double-checked for you. Didn't see any Ludwigia, but they DID have Alternanthera reinecki for sale in bitty baggies, so I'm guessing that's what you've got there :)

Boxer... you'll probably want to start up a new thread on this topic (if you can) along with pictures so we can help you ID the plants you've ended up with :)

Water Sprite can grow planted in the substrate OR floating, but it will take a bit of time to adapt to whichever way you have it. Depending on which plant(s) it's blocking, it could be okay. You mentioned JavaFern, which is a low-light plant. In my tanks I've found that it PREFERS to have the lighting blocked by a larger or a floating plant - it just does better in the shade, so you should be okay there. Of course, this also depends on the lighting you have in the first place.

Again, I recommend you start a thread with images of these mystery plants to get more specific advice regarding the exact plants you have and their lighting requirements :)
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