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Welsh 05-08-2010 04:50 PM

Binding Aquarium Plants
 
So I am having trouble with my plants,I'm buying sand tomorrow but the plants that I have had for around about a month still have the sponge and lead on them, I know this is toxic but I don't wanting to take it off and then have the plants float back to the top with every water change. Is there anything that I can use to tie them together. I was either thinking string/cotton or an elastic band, would the elastic band do anything to the water?

Thanks

Zeetrain 05-09-2010 02:00 AM

I was suggested to use sewing thread and it worked well. You can get colored thread to match what ever youre attaching it to. It also will eventually break down.

Angel079 05-09-2010 07:09 AM

+1 right there alternatively you could also use fishing string which will last much longer. Just don't bunch too many together in one otherwise the lower leaves will get little to no light and drop the leaves on you fast.

I'm assuming you're dealing with stem plants right (from the sounds of it) plant them and stay away from the plants with the gravel vac and only vacuum the "open" areas at least for several weeks until the plants are rooted down that works as well.

Also you have got to look at how deep your substrate is, idealy something like 2.5-3" will not create any issues with plants floating back up.

Welsh 05-09-2010 04:21 PM

I decided to go with the fishing line and it is doing great not one plant has floated upwards. Thanks guys =)


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