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CalebBrown6 09-16-2009 06:14 PM

Need help with planting live plants in tank

I am wondering how you plant, plants that don't have roots yet. I don't remember the name of the plants, however they are medium to low light plants. The person at the store suggested putting a rubber band loosely around them until the take that right and then what do I do? They are in a gravel/small pebbles mix about 3 inches deep.

graciegrapes 09-16-2009 06:38 PM

basically you just stick them in the ground.
plants like java ferns and anubias should not be buried in the gravel. the thick root called the rhizome should remain above the gravel.

since the stems do not have roots they will have the tendency to float up out of the gravel. it just takes some persistence to get them to stay; try to stick them as far into the gravel as you can, even if it means burying a couple of the lower leaves. a rubber band would help, but you need to be careful not to tie it too tightly, otherwise you'd crush the plant tissues.

teddyzaper 09-16-2009 06:56 PM

just push as hard as u can and then oull up a tiny bit and it should stay

CalebBrown6 09-18-2009 08:22 PM

Thanks for helping a beginner
Thank you for helping beginners like me!

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