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post #1 of 16 Old 03-24-2012, 03:12 PM Thread Starter
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So I just bought 3 bunches of water Wisteria and at the moment I just put them still tied at the bottom in bunches in the aquarium. Now what do I need to do? Do I need to cut the roots? Should I un-bunch them? Or do I just leave them as is?
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So I just bought 3 bunches of water Wisteria and at the moment I just put them still tied at the bottom in bunches in the aquarium. Now what do I need to do? Do I need to cut the roots? Should I un-bunch them? Or do I just leave them as is?
Wisteria is kinda a light demanding plant. What kind of lights do you have? I would definitely start up unbunching then for sure. You might have to float these depending on your tank size and what kind of lights you have over it.
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Wisteria is kinda a light demanding plant. What kind of lights do you have? I would definitely start up unbunching then for sure. You might have to float these depending on your tank size and what kind of lights you have over it.
Sorry I should have mentioned that. It's a 10 gallon and 2 large incandescent lights. Could I buy plastic mesh from like Joannes Fabrics and put them in that, then set the gravel over it?
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Sorry I should have mentioned that. It's a 10 gallon and 2 large incandescent lights.
Do you know the watts? These should be fine for them though.....


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Could I buy plastic mesh from like Joannes Fabrics and put them in that, then set the gravel over it?
Not following why you would need to? Is that so you can get them to stay down? You can just push the stem into your substrate and the plant should stay.
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I would definitely separate the three stems though, you can still plant them in a clump but maybe 2 inches apart, to allow circulation and light.

By incandescent, presumably the compact fluorescent bulbs?

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Do you know the watts? These should be fine for them though.....



Not following why you would need to? Is that so you can get them to stay down? You can just push the stem into your substrate and the plant should stay.
15 watts each, so 30 watts total. Yes I meant to get them to stay down but I'll just push them into the substrate like you said.
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I would definitely separate the three stems though, you can still plant them in a clump but maybe 2 inches apart, to allow circulation and light.

By incandescent, presumably the compact fluorescent bulbs?

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Yeah I think so. How many stems can I bunch together?
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Yeah I think so. How many stems can I bunch together?
It depends, mainly on the light. This plant is very fast growing, and thus needs high light and nutrients. As with all stem plants, the closer the stems are together, the less light can reach the lower leaves, and they will quickly die off leaving bare stems.

If you have 15w CFL bulbs, in a daylight 6500K, you have decent light for plants. If the Wisteria manages well over several weeks, OK. If not, it may be the light. Assuming you are adding the required nutrients via a comprehensive fertilizer.

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I had this plant onces before it was great plant as long as I put one stem in the substrate then put another about 3" away and so on. I did this because the leaves are pretty long and I didn't want them to overlap. I also let this plant float on the surface for awhile and it does good this ways also. Like Byron said it is a fast grower and I was trimming it every week. I think with the lights you have you would be alright as long as you don't bunch them up.
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It depends, mainly on the light. This plant is very fast growing, and thus needs high light and nutrients. As with all stem plants, the closer the stems are together, the less light can reach the lower leaves, and they will quickly die off leaving bare stems.

If you have 15w CFL bulbs, in a daylight 6500K, you have decent light for plants. If the Wisteria manages well over several weeks, OK. If not, it may be the light. Assuming you are adding the required nutrients via a comprehensive fertilizer.
Thank you so much for being so helpful. Sounds like I need to get some comprehensive fertilizer. What exactly is this and can I get it at a pet store?

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