01-20-2011, 05:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Fish4Andy
My tank is very new and is only just beginning its cycle, so far the ammonia levels have remained at 0, presumably with the help of my 5 plants.
Is it possible to add too many plants into a tank?
How do you attach a plant root to a piece of wood or rock?
Do I remove the plants when cleaning the tank, if so, is there any way I should do this?
I suppose one could have too many plants...but generally speaking, no.
Plants like Anubias and Java Fern have a rhizome that should not be buried or it may rot, so those plants you can attach to wood or rock by using cotton thread (black is less visible) or fishing line, which will in time disintegrate and the plant roots will be holding firmly well before that point. I like to wedge the rhizome (carefully so as not to break it) into a crevice if there is one, or between two pieces of rock or wood. Again, the plant's roots will take hold in a few weeks.
Normal "cleaning" would be a weekly water change and vacuum of the gravel (except where plants are rooted in the gravel). Plants remain where they are.