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aunt kymmie 09-13-2008 10:19 PM

Platn(s) for a strong current?
Hi All-

Anyone know of a plant(s) that do well in a current? The bottom back of my tank has a pretty good currrent, due to where the water expels from the wet/dry. Right now I have cobambo (sp?) which is doing very well (almost too well) but I'd like to plant something else back there for contrast.
Everything I've tried gets uprooted quickly due to the current. Is it just a matter of finding something that roots quickly? All the other plants in the tank are doing great and I have seven different types of plants in the tank.

Any ideas? Plants in pots, or some way of tying them down?

Thanks! kym

iamntbatman 09-14-2008 12:29 AM

Not sure about the specific species of plants, but you could ask for extra plant weights from the LFS. Those little lead strip type things. Just clip them to the base of the plant and remove them after they've had time to root.

1077 09-14-2008 03:48 AM

You might try amazon sword. You could always clean a little more substrate and place it around the base a little deeper.

southafrica1001 09-14-2008 06:05 AM

you could also try leaving the plant in the pots they come with for a while until the roots are nice and long, so that its easier to anchor, or maybe using a smaller substrate around the plant to make it easier to plant and then you can always remove the substrate later. Good luck :D

willow 09-14-2008 06:15 AM

i have large vallis in my tank,and i find they throw out long roots,and once they are established,they can root really well.

okiemavis 09-14-2008 11:17 AM

High current (as long as it's not TOO powerful) is actually generally good for most plants. I'd go ahead and try whatever you think looks nice.

SinCrisis 09-14-2008 02:15 PM

u could kill ur current witha divider for a week or so and let your plants root, and the remove the divider.

onefish2fish 09-14-2008 10:12 PM

plant them temp. somewhere else in the tank for a while until they grow decent sized roots and then move them over or put a moss covered rock or driftwood ( or really any attaching plant ) there instead.

aunt kymmie 09-14-2008 11:12 PM

Thank you very much for all your replies. Great ideas and I'll now be well on my way to having the back of my tank get "planted". Thanks!

onefish2fish 09-14-2008 11:13 PM

not a problem, let us know how things go!


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