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stephanieleah 02-09-2010 05:35 PM

planted tank re-arrangements
 
sooooo. my 10 gallon. full of plants, and i want to re-arrange them since now that i see how they're growing and stuff, i want to do a little shuffling.

good idea? bad idea?

it's mostly stem plants that I want to rearrange, but they got roots that are shooting straight down, almost like they are craving that root tab next to the sword.

not that i haven't rearranged my 29 gallon a thousand times, just wondering if you usually re-arrange your planted tanks before finding the right set up?

Angel079 02-09-2010 06:24 PM

Are we talking about another 10g......not the 10g that has the plant problem with them uprooting and not thriving well cause of the permanent disturbance?

stephanieleah 02-09-2010 06:35 PM

um, yes, that would be the one :oops:

aunt kymmie 02-09-2010 06:38 PM

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Originally Posted by stephanieleah (Post 322623)
um, yes, that would be the one :oops:

:lol:

Mean Harri 02-09-2010 06:39 PM

You're determined to kill those poor plants in that 10g aren't you? j/k
It seems most people do rearrange their tanks. Exactly how often is a good question. I assume doing it too frequently is not good. Unless one wants to KILL them

Angel079 02-09-2010 06:41 PM

Then I hate to repeat myself in telling you leave these plants alone for a while; let them establish themselves! Moving established plants or re-arranging a established tank 1x year is ok'ish but this ongoing uprooting, moving, rearranging....Its just ain't good right now Stephanie.

If you really really really NEED to do it: Take yourself some 1-2 days time and REALLY figure out where you want what located, draw it out if that helps you, then rearrange them ONE more time; but then after that really leave these plants alone and let them establish for a while.

I'm not wanting to sound harsh, to I prop am, its just you're not helping your existing problem with moving them around every week :-( And eventually you'll have disturbed them enough that the poor plant will give up....How would you like moving State to State each week lol?

HollyinWA 02-09-2010 06:46 PM

I know I am going to have this same problem. Seems like Stephanie and I have the same problem of wanting to have it "too" clean as well. I just knew that it would be hard for me to be patient to wait for growth before I move things around. I have not had to move a lot around but some and I know it is coming to where I am going to want to move things. It is hard to get used to the fact that they are live and not plastic to where it does not matter. I think it is harder for us less experienced plant people who don't really know what things will look like as they mature and not sure what looks good next to what, etc. I am such a visual person and have to see it and arrange as I go. But, so far, I do not regret going the live plant route and I am actually loving it so far!

Glad you asked this Stephanie. ;-)

stephanieleah 02-09-2010 06:48 PM

I hear you, Natalie. And I love when you repeat yourself because you're talking to ms. short-term-memory-loss here.

I'm not gonna touch the plants, even though the leaves are reaching up and covering much water surface (I kind of like that) I'll wait a little before uprooting them to prune.

I didn't think of the plants' perspective...moving state to state is a good analogy. Bad enough they had to acclimate despite my harsh root burrowing drama...

HollyinWA 02-09-2010 06:51 PM

I think Natalie makes a good fun teacher/instructor for us adults. ;-) I think I remember reading that she would not have patience for a bunch of kids, but she sure does great with us, doesn't she?

stephanieleah 02-09-2010 06:56 PM

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Originally Posted by HollyinWA (Post 322636)
I know I am going to have this same problem. Seems like Stephanie and I have the same problem of wanting to have it "too" clean as well. I just knew that it would be hard for me to be patient to wait for growth before I move things around. I have not had to move a lot around but some and I know it is coming to where I am going to want to move things. It is hard to get used to the fact that they are live and not plastic to where it does not matter. I think it is harder for us less experienced plant people who don't really know what things will look like as they mature and not sure what looks good next to what, etc. I am such a visual person and have to see it and arrange as I go. But, so far, I do not regret going the live plant route and I am actually loving it so far!

Glad you asked this Stephanie. ;-)

There was that thread where...I don't remember who...mapped out his or her plants for the tank and several members gave suggestions as to what would and wouldn't work about the arrangement. Gosh, I can't remember which thread that was...was it Kelso's new 75 gallon? Anyway so if you're still in the planning phases (I believe you are, no?) then maybe map things out and post it.


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