Delicate Plants

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  1. Kribs

    Kribs The betta connection

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    Hey Guys, any tips for the noobs with regards to the planting of very delicate plants...

    I've noticed that in this fishy game...there are plants and then there are PLANTS!
    Some are easy to keep and others...well..uhm....they just die... :amazed:
    Some have very well developed root systems and others don't... So My question is...if its in a rock-wool pot..do we remove plant from the pot then plant? (Note: easy to do with plants that have a well developed root system) Or with regards to the more delicate ones....do we simply just plant the rock-wool pot in the substrate. Its clear we have to remove any lead..but how do we keep the more delicate plants(with zero root system) in the substrate?

    PS My Krib pair seem fond of nibbling on the more expensive plants:push:
     
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  3. AquaNewbie

    AquaNewbie AquaNewbie

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    oops wrong section i think!
     
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    The wool is dangerous to fish as it clogs their gills. Remove the plants from the wool and basket and sink it into the substrate. This goes for all plants. To keep them from floating away, you could use a piece of lead or tie it down to a log or stone ( Anubias, mosses an ferns only). burying them very deep in the substrate should keep them from faoting off. ps. get rid of any loaches. hey will uproot your plants continually.

    PS My Kribs chomp on my plants too. They can be destructive, Supplement their diet or plant more plants for them to chomp.
     
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  5. A Bauer

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    Lead in a fish tank, not safe i'm sure
     
  6. Risen

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    Lead a short term solution, till the roots are long and strong enough. Vallis sometimes has lead wrapped around it in LFS.

    You dont have to drink the water. It wont affect you. LOL
     
  7. A Bauer

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    LOL. Yea i wasn't worried about my heath, but think of the poor fish. I thought that we're supposed to remove the lead before planting into your tanks, doesn't it pose a problem even if you are still cycling your tank. Is it ok just as long as you take the lead out before you add your fish.
     
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    guys do a search on lead in tanks - this was discussed 3 or 4 days ago
     
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    I have done some reading on the effect of lead in aquariums and found conflicting points of view. Some hobbyist say that you should avoid using lead by all means, and some have been using it for quite some time and seems to experience no ill effect from it. Under normal conditions elementary lead does not react with water. Lead builds a protective layer of lead oxide (a dull grey color) over a period of time. This layer stops the lead from dissolving into your tanks water. If your tank has a pH of less than 7 (neutral) and the water is soft, then the slightly acidic water will corrode away this protective layer of lead oxide, and will dissolve lead into the water. At a pH just lower that 7 this will happen very slowly over several months. If you have carbon as part of your filter media, the carbon should be able to remove the dissolved lead from the water. So if you want to weight down some plants with lead strips for a short while until they develop roots in a tank with a neutral pH, it should be fine. But don’t leave the lead strip in the tank forever. You might just pick up some problems
     
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    As said before. a short term solution
     
  11. Gilbertr14

    Gilbertr14 Phenacogrammus

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    Short term yes
    Long term no - Ask the Romans, Oh wait they all dead....
     

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