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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-22-2013, 09:51 PM Thread Starter
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Planting Dwarf Baby Tears

Hi all,

I bought a bunch of floating HC without having done my usual reading on the subject. When it arrived, I was a little surprised that what I bought was about 2000+ individual little tiny plants, I thought it would be more like a mat (again, my fault for not reading up!)

So, how do you go about planting this stuff? I have Eco-complete and cannot imagine sitting there for hours planting 2000+ little plants, unless that's how it has to be done!

I am guessing that it will not be solidly rooted for some time so any advice is welcome on how to keep it down.


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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-22-2013, 11:46 PM
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Trying to plant 2000 individual plant lets into eco-complete would be a
nightmare. And I think I am the first one to say that. I don't know what
they may have cost you but based upon what I have read about HC, you
could lose it all. Do what I did and read up on DSM ( Dry Start Method ).
I have some HC in a 40 gallon with amazonia and I started with individual
stems, and it's coming a long nicely. Others may chime in, but I think
eco complete would be a good start for DSM. The only other alternative
you have would be to place a piece of glass or acrylic and weigh it down
on top of the HC, and wish for good luck.
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-23-2013, 12:00 AM
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Mesh would probably work better as the HC will have better access to the nutrients in the water column and shouldn't smush it down as much. The HC should eventually root itself into the substrate at which time you could remove the mesh.
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-23-2013, 12:22 AM
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Let me guess u got ur hc from aquabid.

Use soil to grow them out. That's your best bet.
Just take the hc and kindly press it down on the soil... It should look like its stuck to the soil.
With good light it will grow .
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-23-2013, 12:22 AM Thread Starter
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Would window screen work as a net to hold it down? I have rcs in the tank so I am leery about anything I put in there. Thanks!
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-23-2013, 12:23 AM Thread Starter
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Yep. Got it from aquabid. How did you guess? !
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You would want to avoid aluminum window screen. You can get plastic mesh at craft stores or find some 316 S.S. mesh (I bought some off McMaster).
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I grew mine by just sprinkling it on top of flourite substrate, it took a little longer since the grains are bigger than most substrates. I did not push it down and did not bother which side up it landed.....3-4 weeks later it had rooted and 4-5 weeks it was spreading. Obviously this was done using dry start method, if you cant empty the tank your wanting it in then i suggest you start it in a empty tank,bowl, container and wait for it to root and then just transfer it over to the tank. Ive heard stories of people losing HC because of the transfer from dry start to submerged , but ive never had this problem.... although ive only done it 3 times.

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