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The shotgun approach to planting a tank
Old 01-04-2013, 08:04 PM   #11
 
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If you take a pic of your "unidentified" stem. I'm sure one of us can ID it.
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Old 01-04-2013, 08:15 PM   #12
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Tried planting duck weed but they ate it before it had a chance to grow.
Planting duckweed? It's probably good that they eat it. I understand that it is very pervasive once it's starts. Our LFS can't get rid of it and it keeps spreading from tank to tank. Messy stuff.

I need to play with the plants tomorrow, I uprooted most of it while water changing, which I might have mentioned, but some need some pruning and replanting now. Some of the stems really like to be partially emersed, which is interesting. I've got some stuff languishing and some stuff taking off. I'll get around to some picks tomorrow.

I'm really curious to see how the plants do now that there are some fish in the tank... I think that they need some ammonia. I'll test tomorrow and see if there is any accumulation, I doubt I will see anything though.

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Old 01-04-2013, 10:01 PM   #13
 
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I thought duckweed was supposed to be floating and no planted.
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Old 01-04-2013, 10:26 PM   #14
 
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I thought duckweed was supposed to be floating and no planted.
It is a floating plant.
I personally like it in my tanks because it helps remove excessive nutrients which are largely responsible for algae blooms. Some people don't like the extra effort of occasionally removing it though.
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Old 01-04-2013, 11:03 PM   #15
 
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It is a floating plant.
I personally like it in my tanks because it helps remove excessive nutrients which are largely responsible for algae blooms. Some people don't like the extra effort of occasionally removing it though.
thats right
I'm getting some for my betta's tank. I heard goldies like to eat duckweed. So if worse comes to worse, the goldies can have a special meal ;)
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Old 01-04-2013, 11:10 PM   #16
 
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I wish I could get duckweed to grow in my tank o.o It usually disappears after a few days and I can never figure out where it goes, exactly. It's just kind of gone, and I don't think my fish are eating it.
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Old 01-05-2013, 02:37 AM   #17
 
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Oh that is interesting... I suddenly had an "ah ha" moment from what you said.... Why I didn't get this before is beyond me.
I have Giant Vals in my back left corner which travel across the tank.... the plants that need the most light should be over at the right end of the tank? right? Cause it is darkest where the val's are thickest. (or cut them back, which I really don't want to do.)
Does cutting Giant Vals' back promote spreading instead? (Like cutting off the extra flowers from a pumpkin vine so one big pumpkin will grow?)

What is the best way to get your new purchases to multiply? Stem plants you grow tall and cut them and re-bunch right? But what about spreaders?

Jeff alot of buying plants seems to be trial and error but I'm following your thread hoping to learn from you here. My first planted tank too. But like you I hate seeing something melt away or get yellow/brown leaves and spots.
You are right about the placement. I wouldn't cut back the vals either, unless it gets to the point where they're shading everything. Cutting them back doesn't promote spreading or bushiness. Since they are heavy root feeders, the best way to get them to spread is healthy root conditions. The prune and replant method is correct for stem plants.
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Old 01-05-2013, 02:38 PM   #18
 
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I wish I could get duckweed to grow in my tank o.o It usually disappears after a few days and I can never figure out where it goes, exactly. It's just kind of gone, and I don't think my fish are eating it.
Either your fish are eating it or you have nutrient deficiency in your tank.
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Old 01-05-2013, 02:43 PM   #19
 
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I heard that Duckweed is Goldfish and Turtle candy. I got rid of it because it got everywhere, and I mean everywhere. Now I have both a Turtle and Goldfish and I can't find it at any stores. Go figure!
What do you have in your tank? My guess also... is it is being eaten.
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Old 01-05-2013, 02:51 PM   #20
 
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Pearl Gourami, Harlequin Rasboras, and Kuhli loaches. The gourami would mouth at it sometimes, but they usually spit it back out. Maybe they ate it when I wasn't looking...I think what happened though was my filter just pushed them around too much and they died somewhere where I couldn't find them. I recently baffled the filter though, so maybe it won't get tossed about as much.

Now just to find it somewhere.
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