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Old 11-21-2012, 03:22 PM   #91
 
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That's awesome! Good call on the "pest" snails.

I have to ask my LFS about them.
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Old 11-21-2012, 04:25 PM   #92
 
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I use to have a bunch of bladder snails in my 55 gallon when it was going. Then right before I screwed it I gave the puffers the snails as I knew they loved them. I originally got them from my plants that I planted. Well knowing I didn't have time to get plants and hope they had snail eggs and wait for them to hatch and grow. So I knew I had seen some in the stores and asked for some. They looked at me like I was crazy and just gave them to me. LoL As they said they were just "pests". Free snails!
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Old 11-24-2012, 01:57 PM   #93
 
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So today I took a couple of videos of me feeding my puffers. Not the best but you get the idea. I still haven't gotten anything other then snails for the small guys to eat. They still won't eat any bloodworms.

Feeding the "big" Dwarf Puffer - YouTube

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I am going to have to go to the store tomorrow and see if i can find anymore snails also LoL
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Old 11-24-2012, 02:18 PM   #94
 
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Just in case you were wondering what they were swimming around like Canadian was earlier.
Its a Tiger Lotus bulb. I have no clue what to do with the bulb? Do you plant it or just leave it like I have it???
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Old 11-24-2012, 02:59 PM   #95
 
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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 :)
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Old 11-24-2012, 06:07 PM   #96
 
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Ok so am I confused here Jes!!! Cause I have read that you shouldn't plant the bulb cause it will cause it to rot but have also read that you should????? I saw your post and pic of yours that is buried and growing very nicely I might add. Though yours has totally different leaves?? Is that due to low lighting???
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Old 11-24-2012, 07:35 PM   #97
 
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LOL! I was confused, too! My bulb grew when it was just floating around the tank. . . and also grew when it was half-buried! I've had this bulb since March, and it's been growing ever since, but I had Mollies in the tank, and they pick at the plants for algae, so they kept knocking it around and eventually knocked the baby plantlet(s) off every time. Burying it was accidental, since I lost it in the move, I figured it was gone for good and rotten, but it's back - and growing WAY faster than it ever did before. Love the thing :)

It's a Red Tiger Lotus, but because my lighting is low, it's more green than red. Still has those pretty red spots throughout, though - which came as a surprise to me! I got the bulb in the first place knowing full well that chances were against me being able to grow it, but. . . it hasn't topped growing yet - despite all of my accidental attempts at killing it!

I guess the Puffers will leave it alone, go for half in and half out of the substrate - can't go wrong!
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Old 11-24-2012, 07:56 PM   #98
 
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LoL yeah the puffers don't do anything to the plant and they are too small to knock it around. I do move moving of them they do. The other day when I did a water change I guess I moved it to the back of the tank. I didn't even realize it till I looked in the tank later that day and it was gone. LoL I had to looking for it. I even asked my wife if she moved it??? LoL
That plant had been in the tank now for about 2 weeks maybe and its already got 3 leaves and a forth coming. So its been growing good I guess.
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Old 11-24-2012, 08:20 PM   #99
 
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They DO seem to grow pretty quickly when they get going! Mine did before, too - wonder how big it would have been NOW if not for the Mollies! Good luck with it! They're really pretty plants...
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Old 11-24-2012, 08:26 PM   #100
 
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I want mine to have the leaves hit the surface and float. So am just letting it do its thing. I would really love to see it flower but I know that's kinda hard to get it to in an aquarium!
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