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AmyK 05-25-2009 07:53 PM

New plants not ready to use
There is a wonderful fish store about 45 miles from my home. I bought a couple of plants (Bacopa and I forgot the other one). Since my tank is finally through cycling, I plan to do a large waterchange this weekend, plant the new plants and see if I can find a Beta I like. My question is, what is the best way to store aquarium plants until you are actually able to plant them in the aquarium? Thanks

whitedevil 05-25-2009 08:05 PM

bucket of water. leave them outside if you can.

aunt kymmie 05-26-2009 12:35 AM

How long before you can plant them? I ask because I stored mine in a bucket for just 24 hours and they melted (turned mushy). They were destroyed and I ended up pitching them.
Later, on another occasion, I had to store some plants for two weeks before I could plant them in my display tank. This time I put them in a five gallon bucket with a heater and a light over it. Pretty extreme but I didn't want to lose them. They did just fine.

Byron 05-26-2009 12:28 PM

Aunt kymmie is correct, plants need light, oxygen, nutrients or they will deteriorate which may be losing a few leaves or melting to mush, depending. Why not just float them in the tank? They will be in the water they will live in.

AmyK 05-26-2009 02:06 PM

Great, Thanks!!

SinCrisis 05-26-2009 09:45 PM

I planted my plants during at the beginning of my cycle period and they were kinda shocked, the amazon swords lost a lot of their big leaves but the rest, micro swords, java fern, and pygmy chain sword all thrived.

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