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Jbb421 11-03-2011 11:47 PM

Hornwort and filter problem.
 
So I have a lot of hornwort and its sticking to my filter pickup and if I club it off it just pulls more to it. Here's a pic. I have marineland biowheel.
https://picasaweb.google.com/116850064877563721206/DropBox?authkey=Gv1sRgCM6R04uiseLiGA#5670997139309 620386
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MinaMinaMina 11-04-2011 12:01 AM

Are you sure that's Hornwort?
But in any case, I have it in my 25g with an Eclipse 2 hood (with crazy strong current!) and it doesn't get stuck to the intake. The difference may be that I have a pre-filter sponge over my intake. Perhaps this would help you?

Jbb421 11-04-2011 01:29 AM

Pretty sure it is here is a close up https://picasaweb.google.com/1168500...21007980804562
I put a foam on my intake and it didn't help :/
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MinaMinaMina 11-04-2011 02:23 AM

Ah, that looks more Hornwortish. My mistake. :-D

Can you redirect the flow of the water off the wheels with a baffle or something? Perhaps its a matter of two causes, both the draw of the intake and the push of the flow. I mean, normally we'd want that. But maybe not in your case? Would it help to create some secure barrier (wood, rock, other plants) between the Hornwort and the intake that would buffer the pull of the intake? I don't know.

A thought I've been tossing about in my head is of somehow finding or concocting a device to anchor the plant in one spot. I don't like the idea of lead plant weights. So another idea would be a geegee that is shaped like a U hairpin, but made of plastic. I was thinking that I could then put a stem of the Hornwort in the crook of the U and insert the free ends into the substrate. It would still be a loose bunch, but would be loosely connected to the substrate in one spot. Do you know those plastic clips that come on new socks, not the miniature hangers, but the ones that are like plastic bobby pins that hold the toes of the socks together? Sometimes they come on packaged men's undershirts, too. Those might work. Or maybe a fishing weight (careful to make sure its aquarium safe) tied to the Hornwort loosely with fishing line, and then burying the weight in the substrate? I've even considered using a zip tie that is looped loosely, then siliconing it to a small piece of slate, then burying the slate so just the top bit of the zip tie loop is above the substrate.

So basically, those are my ideas. Maybe one will help? Or else, I hope someone has some better ideas! I'll keep an eye here, because my Hornwort and I also disagree on where exactly it should reside.

Goo luck!

Jbb421 11-04-2011 03:21 AM

Thanks for the reply... And suggestions. I was thinking of using some yogert cups and planting the hornwort in then asking with all my other plants. everywhere I looked for potting aquarium pants they said to use putting soil in the yogurt cup used for the pot but idle about putting mud in my aquarium, but I need to do something because the hornwort floating on top of the water is getting rather annoying.
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