11-24-2012, 02:59 PM
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THREE CHEERS FOR LOTUS BULBS!!!
Soooooo, I have one of those *nods* have had it for quite some time now. I've read EVERYTHING about the bulbs, some people say to just leave it like you have it - above the substrate - and it'll be fine. Tried that for a while, but it was knocked around too much by the fish. Some people say you should bury it 1/2-3/4 of the way into the substrate - so I did THAT for a while, and it grew, but again - the fish kept knocking the baby stems around, and eventually they fell off...
When I moved into the 55g tank, the bulb moved, too. Only I lost it! It had ended up buried somewhere under the substrate, and I figured it was gone. . . a few weeks later, it found me in the form of little leaves poking up! It's been a couple of months now, an dthe new growth is doing GREAT - especially considering how low the lighting is in my tank. It isn't exactly where *I* would have put it, but I've been nursing that damn bulb since March, and I'll be darned if I'm moving it until it's good and established!!!
So *I* recommend that you plant it just below the surface, where it can be nice and stable - and definitely give it it's very own root tab - these guys are nutrient hogs and will starve out other plants in the tank to get what they need to thrive :)