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post #16 of 145 (permalink) Old 04-15-2013, 03:35 AM Thread Starter
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These plants same sealed inside plastic bag with sponge around roots and weights on. Its moisterized inside.
My question is if i dont finish all this planting today. Could i just do it in the next few days(mostly all by tomorrow)?
Thing is if i dont finish tonight then i wont fill in tank all the way up and wont connect to the pump. Then what happens to the ones submerged in water without aeration til tomorrow when i finish planting?
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me likey!

i'm not a big fan of canopy tanks, but this one is sweet looking.
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Float them in water. Tank water, tap water, it doesn't really matter. They'll be OK for a day or 2. If you have another aquarium toss them in there, otherwise just float them in the planter they came in in a bucket or something . I'd take off all weights and ties though.
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Great my driftwoods are floating. Anyone knows tricks to keep them sinkin?
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Great my driftwoods are floating. Anyone knows tricks to keep them sinkin?
Strategically placed rocks (or other weights) may help with the floaters ...

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Obtain some flat slate (tile can work), use a masonry bit to drill a small hole, use a stainless steel screw to attach slate to bottom of driftwood. Bury slate in substrate.
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Does crazy glue on rock work?
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Does crazy glue on rock work?
I've used Silicone for Rock to Rock.

Driftwood to Driftwood, zip ties/Stainless Steel Screws.

For Plant(Moss, Anubias, Java Fern) to Rock/Driftwood I use Super Glue Gel.
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Does crazy glue on rock work?
Yup. The gel type works better. If you ever need to glue irregular pieces together (porous rock) add baking soda to create a filler. It's been used for years by reef keepers. If it's safe enough for those invertebrates in saltwater it's certainly safe enough for freshwater.

I really like the way this tank is looking. It's nice to see heavy planting from day one...the right way to go. The path in the middle complimented by the large driftwood on either side keeps a tank this large from being monotonous. Nice work!
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Hey DKreef, heading to san diego anytime soon?
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Don't keep the bunches of plants all in a bunch. Separate them and plant them individually, about an inch apart, so the light and circulating water can reach all of them.

My personal preference is to avoid symmetry, so I find your layout much too symmetrical. It does look like it will look good though.

You won't be able to keep the two substrate materials separated. Over time they will mix and blur the dividing line between them, unless you spend a lot of effort trying to maintain the border between them. Under water, the individual particles weigh very little, so water currents and fish easily mix them together.

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Don't keep the bunches of plants all in a bunch. Separate them and plant them individually, about an inch apart, so the light and circulating water can reach all of them.

My personal preference is to avoid symmetry, so I find your layout much too symmetrical. It does look like it will look good though.

You won't be able to keep the two substrate materials separated. Over time they will mix and blur the dividing line between them, unless you spend a lot of effort trying to maintain the border between them. Under water, the individual particles weigh very little, so water currents and fish easily mix them together.
u are right. i tried to avoid symmetry but then i was thinking of lighting requirement and placement and it happened to be this way...

they are not planted all bundled up. i planted each stem (maybe 2 at most together) 1" apart from each other.

i am looking into getting flexible thin acrylic sheet and placed between the two substrates. wont this keep it separate?
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btw, see the ones in front, all bundled in weights?
those arent planted. those are leftovers im selling...
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that whole area where left overs are in right now is where im gonna put in a foreground carpet. im thinkin glosso...
i may get HC since now im thinking about getting co2...maybe another 2x54W T5s..
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Heres an update!
Finally got hc and planted in foreground. Changed to new bulbs four 54w 6700k.
Then filled it all up and turned on pump. Not a single one uprooted yoohoo!
But im having problem with poret filter in my sump. I guess its too big.
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I was finished filling this tank around 5am.
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