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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-21-2005, 02:29 PM Thread Starter
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Plants left out overnight?

I've got a question - I've been trying to set up this 5-gal nano I've planned for weeks, but due to my hectic schedule, I haven't had a chance to go to the LFS after work, come home w/ the plants and plant them that night. I know this isn't optimal, but would it be horrible to leave my plants in the LFS baggie overnight, providing that i bring them inside and keep them warm? i'll plant them in the morning and the plants i'm planning to pick up are fairly hardy - java fern, java moss, marimo, and hygrophila.
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As long as the temp doesn't drop below freezing. I think they should be good. I had plants ship to me around 17 degrees and they were fine too (But they had a heat pack)

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I have been known to open the bag and just float plants for a few days before they are properly planted.

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It wouldn't hurt them. I have left plants in a bag for close to a week, but that was pushing it. I suggest floating them in a separate container though, for the simple reason that any snails or small critters might have a chance to fall off or float away before you introduce them to your tank.

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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-22-2005, 01:24 PM Thread Starter
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well, the plants were in fine shape this morning and they were successfully planted. thread - DONE!
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-22-2005, 11:52 PM
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When pruning a tank, I tend to put a bunch of stems/cuttings in a 5 gallon bucket. I might keep them in the bucket for up to a week while I decide to replant some of them or sell them.

I was a little fearful of the water in the bucket getting on the chilly side (low 60s), so I have since added an aquarium heater I had laying around to the bucket when in use.
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