Slight Emergency - Need to move plants
I have a 10" bowl at work that is planted with 5 shrimp in it. Last week I was rotating it to show it off to a co-worker and where I grabbed at the top it cracked. I can take off a piece of it and the crack started to run down. Basically I need a new bowl or an alternative.
I plan to take most of the water out and try and catch the shrimp in there and transfer them home into another tank in the meantime. My biggest thing though is the plants.
This was a dry-start setup and I know the roots of the dwarf sag and other plants are very deeply rooted. Is there an easy way to get the plants out of the bowl to transfer them into another setup or am I best just yanking them all out and replanting again? (which will suck because of how much the dwarf sag has grown out since I started it)
I just dig in the substrate with my fingers and loosen up where the roots are and then pull them out. If you just pull from the plant and yank them out you'll end up ripping out some of the roots.
1. Remove shrimp.
2. Drain the bowl as much as possible. Crack the bowl further so you have a larger opening to work with.
3. Using your hands, carefully cup around the soil and lift out portions of plants with soil attached. If your plants have lots of roots, and they probably do by now, the plants and soil should hold together in a few manageable portions which you can then replant in another vessel, with little or no transplant shock. Just try to keep the soil around the roots and don't leave them out of water.
4. You'll end up mixing some of the sand or gravel cap into the soil but it shouldn't be a huge issue. Just recap the exposed dirt in the new bowl, refill, and add shrimps again. The system should stay stable.
I'm debating if I want to do another bowl at work at this point, if not it'll all go into an empty 10G at home. Not sure yet.
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