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Recently purchased dwarf baby tears that were attached to lava rock. They are starting to come off of the rocks and I was wondering what the best method of planting in a sand substrate would be. They are such tiny stem plants and I don't want to cause undue damage. Thanks.
 

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hows the lighting in your tank? HC like all other plants will detatch when the environment isnt ideal. If your lighting isn't high, I'd recommend detatching the HC and letting it float in a little cloud in a place with minimal current
 

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I looked at these in the LFS last time out, I always wanted some but, when I saw them at the store, they were in a separate tank that had far more light than the rest of the plants. I thought better of them due to that.

I didn't think of floating them though... good idea. They might make a great addition to my jug.

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HC is rather demanding. preferring highlight and CO2 injection ^__^ highly NON recommended for low tech tanks :p
 

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HC is rather demanding. preferring highlight and CO2 injection ^__^ highly NON recommended for low tech tanks :p
ive tried this stuff many times with no success, tried it floating and underwater and in my current tank with my high lighting still no success. gunna have to side with aokashi here with a no no for low tech.
 

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What about emmersed with sunlight?

Jeff.
I grow mine emmersed with your run of the mill T8 lighting :)
it grows well emmersed under all sorts of lighting situations, in lower light, it simply stops hugging the substrate and grows a little higher and fluffier

Many of these demanding "aquatic plants" dont spend much of their time under water in the wild. therefore the conditions for long term underwater growth would need to be as similar to terrestial conditions as possiblr.
 

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I grow mine emmersed with your run of the mill T8 lighting :)
it grows well emmersed under all sorts of lighting situations, in lower light, it simply stops hugging the substrate and grows a little higher and fluffier

Many of these demanding "aquatic plants" dont spend much of their time under water in the wild. therefore the conditions for long term underwater growth would need to be as similar to terrestial conditions as possiblr.
Makes sense, reaching for the light.

I might give them a try then... I need another challenge.

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My lighting isn't high tech bright by any stretch of the imagination. The plants were in a 55 with two 6700K daylight T8 tubes and a 20 tall with two 14W CFLs. The plants in the 20 have done the best and I think they would still be attached to the rock if the damnable platys weren't constantly picking at them. They are a nice bright green; however, they have gotten taller and fluffier as you mentioned. I tend to underestimate what bright light means. High output lighting scares me. Guess I would rather be limited in the plant area and have a little more leeway in the overall picture. For example, I'll probably always strive to have at least one nicely planted tank (probably a medium sized 20-30 gallon); however, I could see the 55 turning into a blood red parrot tank. It all depends on how well I do with the plants in that tank over the next several months. It would be planted with tough anubias and javas if I went the blood red route.
 

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Yeah, but I'm stubborn I guess. I bought them to be a substrate plant that would eventually carpet the tanks. Stupid me. I really wasn't thinking when I ordered that last batch of plants. All but the tiger lotus plants required brighter light than I could provide. The tiger lotus are doing great and have put up several lily pads. I'm going to prune those off though because I really don't have room for flowers and I want to keep them as a bushy submersed plant. Also, the lily pads block the light. I would highly suggest the tiger lotus for larger tanks. The leaves are very large and interesting.
 
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