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Old 01-03-2013, 01:49 PM   #51
 
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IT WORKED.

SO EXCITED.

I feel like I just climbed a mountain.
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Old 01-03-2013, 01:50 PM   #52
 
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*picked up. As in bought the anubias. It was the only plant not dead in the tank at the LFS. So it must be a hardy guy. There were two in the basket, yay :)
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Old 01-05-2013, 12:09 PM   #53
 
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HOORAY FOR LOACHES! GAH! They're so cute... I just love 'em! So tell me, do the burrow in your substrate? You got the softer iron-enriched stuff, neh? Curious to know, as my loaches don't burrow in sand - neither the Tahitian Moon sand in the main tank or the pool filter sand that's much finer - even though I've read that they're *supposed* to. I've seen them burrow under gravel, but never sand. Always thought that was odd. . .

Glad to hear that your pond weed is doing well so far! It'll be really fun to see how it grows and develops in a tank situation. Congrats on the Anubias, gorgeous and very hard to kill, lol. My kind of plant ;)
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Old 01-05-2013, 02:42 PM   #54
 
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As far as I can see, they haven't burrowed at all. I'm in the same boat with you, I read everywhere that they should all be diving right in to the sand. And this sand is fine, the loaches sift through it with their little faces and kick some of it up, so I know that they could bury themselves, but they seem content in their leaves. Yet when I had them on pea gravel in QT they buried themselves all the time.

Yes! A lot of the old leaves seem to be dying off, but each plant has sent up at least one new bright green leaf, so it's adapting. I'm wondering if I get more, should I just cut all the stems and plant the roots? I'm not sure if that would kill it, though.

This anubias is immortal. It was in a tank where literally everything else was dead. Even the JAVA FERN. /gasp
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Old 01-05-2013, 04:11 PM   #55
 
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LOL! You killed Java Fern! I actually just got my first Anubis after wanting one for a very long time. My favourite plants so far seem to be Crypts, so I'm hoping that I like these just as much. I have a feeling that my 55 will eventually be MOSTLY Crypts - there are so many different types, and the ones I have are so nice to me!

I don't suppose it would HURT to try to get a new one and chop it. A lot of people cut all of the leaves off of new plants anyway. . . it encourages new growth to prune. If you can just go outside and get the stuff, that'd be even more of a reason to at least give it a try - then you'll know!

I've had my loaches for about a year now, and . . .yeah! No burrowing. Maybe it's just cuz' they feel safe and secure in their home? The NEW loaches are in QT over the softer sand, and I've seen them try to get under - nose first, as they did in the shop (gravel substrate in the store) they didn't go anywhere, so I'm not convinced that they actually can, lol! Though I do see them rooting around under the surface. *shrugs* I have no idea. . . as long as they're happy, I'd personally PREFER that they not burrow. That way I can see them, lol!!!
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Old 01-05-2013, 04:18 PM   #56
 
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Haha, the Java Fern was dead in the store tank :p I wish I could get my hands on some to actually try to get it to grow in my tank xD All my LFS have really bad plant tanks, they're all brown and melty.

I saw a really nice crypt wendtii though the other day, I almost bought it but I'm really scared of them. Do they melt horribly? I'm so afraid that I'd get it home, plop it in and then...dead crypt. :(

I think I might chop off all the stems next time, it's a bit of a pain to stick my arm to the bottom of the tank and cut off all those dead stems while avoiding the new ones. I really need some 18" pruning scissors...That's my next excise for an online order :p

I wonder if maybe they just feel more secure? I mean, if they were really scared I think they could dig right in to the sand, I can't imagine it being too compact for that...I'm right with you, I love seeing them out and about and would be heartbroken if they hid all the time.
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Old 01-05-2013, 04:23 PM   #57
 
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Crypt wendtii is my favourite plant in the 55g, and I've NEVER had that thing melt. Not even after it was shipped to me. It had a pause in growth for a month or two when I put it in, and again when I moved it from the 29 to the 55, but it has never melted. The other type of Crypt I have (Spirallis) DOES melt when it's moved, but they don't die. If they melt, you just leave them alone and after a week or a month they start to regrow. One of the beautiful things about 'em!

Hard to say with the loaches... I've ONLY ever kept them in established and/or well-planted tanks. The dwarf loaches (in QT) have plants and tons of rock caves, so it may be that they just aren't frightened. But I'd still think that on the day they arrived ALL of them would have hid if they could. . . I mean. . . ALL fish that have just been transported are nervy, neh? No idea! I've always been baffled by that!
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Old 01-05-2013, 05:55 PM   #58
 
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What do you do when it starts to melt? Do you just cut off the leaves that are going icky or..? I think I might go pick up that plant tomorrow then, it's doing pretty well at the LFS, unlike the swords and giant hygro.

Where should it be planted? Towards the front or more in the back? Haha, I get so nervous about plants that I buy. It's not a big deal when a local plant doesn't make it, but I'm so worried about screwing up something that I bought.

It is odd. I've never seen them kept on sand in a store tank, always on gravel. I wonder if they would bury themselves then, being under so much stress. Did you buy yours online? I really need to get more in my tank, I'm thinking of getting them special ordered in, depending on how much my LFS will charge.
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Old 01-05-2013, 06:40 PM   #59
 
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Yup! You cut every leaf that has any damage down to the base of the plant. That goes for all aquatic plants. They'll never recover, so it's best to get rid of them entirely so that the plant can use the resources for generating new growth and maintaining the healthy leaves. But again - that particular crypt has never melted on me, and it WAS shipped through the mail in the dead of summer, and has been moved a few times since. ACTUALLY, I'm really excited because it has just had a baby!!! :D

You can see it if you look on my thread, these should go toward the back of the tank, as they can get quite large. Still. . . after a year, mine isn't very TALL, and hasn't grown much. It sprouts new leaves all of the time, but they don't get much height. It may be due to my lower lighting, but it's always done well. THIS PLANT is the one that I've had the least amount of trouble with. Ever. And I've had WAY more than my fair share of plants to get to know. It is my favorite plant, and is always beautiful! I have the 'brown' or 'red' version, and the color in my lower lighting is an olive green. Very different from the others, but stunning.

As for my loaches and the gravel, well. . . that was a story! If you missed it, and care to read one of my infamous 'books' you can see the post on the ordeal here It's about 3 posts down. They AREN'T supposed to be kept on gravel at all. It's the worst shop I've ever seen!!! Loaches in shops are *usually* kept with a bare bottom, from what I've seen, with usually ONE decoration to hide under, because they've been named the most difficult fish to catch. Having them hide in the gravel is a terrible idea for a shop, and . . .yeah. . .it was a very upsetting experience for me!
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Old 01-05-2013, 07:22 PM   #60
 
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I agree. I had mine on pea gravel before I knew better (impulse buy, I'll fully admit I'm an idiot sometimes, now I've learned to definitely research better, more than a quick search on my phone), and then on that flourite red, which didn't /seem/ to bother them, but it's hard to tell. I'm so relieved I finally got them on to sand, guh. I felt horrible keeping them on that stuff. Their behavior seems about the same, except for the oh-so-adorable 'sand sifting'. It's just about the cutest thing I've ever seen.

I think I have a good spot in mind for it to go, I hope it's still there tomorrow now. You've gotten me all excited! ;) Even though it's been there for the past three months...you never know :p

I think I would have had a heart attack if I went through that. That's awful :/ Especially when they are so young, I've never even seen any that small!
That sounds almost exactly like the store I used to go to, as well. The loaches were kept on clown puke about 2in deep, and the woman had to chase them all around the tank. She accidentally pressed ones head up against the glass once, which was horrifying. I don't go there anymore, and they're the only store that carries them on a regular basis, which is horrible.

I wish I had my own pet store, I'm 19 and I know that I could do a better job than some of these people, ugh.
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