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Old 12-31-2008, 08:51 PM   #1
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Planting HC


I just bought a bunch of HC from a another member here. Now I have the task of planting it all. What is the best way to plant HC. There is alot of it to plant and all those tiny roots to plant. Thanks for any help you can give.
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Old 12-31-2008, 08:54 PM   #2
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The best way is to use tweezers to gently insert them into the substrate.
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Old 12-31-2008, 08:57 PM   #3
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That will be interesting. I should still be working on that till after the ball drops. Thanks for the advice.
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Old 12-31-2008, 09:49 PM   #4
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Is there a way to plant it in larger clumps? Or do I have to plant it one by one? I am using Flourite for the substrate.
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Old 12-31-2008, 10:12 PM   #5
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it wors best if you do it one by one, And yes it takes for ever, i did mine about 6 weeks ago from one pot and now it's beginning to fill in
this is my third try at hc. Must have med-high light, CO2 and ferts
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Old 12-31-2008, 10:24 PM   #6
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You can plant in clumps but it will take longer to fill in. I planted mine about 8 weeks ago and I started out planting it one by one. But when I got to the back of the tank, I got "irratated" with my back hurting from the hours spent bending over the tank, that I started to plant in clumps just to get the job done faster. 8 weeks later, the front of the tank looks great - nicely filled in, but the back of the tank still has a lot of empty spaces. The choice is yours....me, I'm going to undo the clumps in the back and re-plant them one by one this weekend.
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Old 12-31-2008, 10:32 PM   #7
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Also if you have any bottom feeders or SAE they will uproot most of your hc. I was so mad I almost flushed my SAE down the toilet. I spend hours filling up the front of a 75 gallon tank and the next day all the HC was floating around. Fun times.
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Old 01-02-2009, 03:01 PM   #8
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for sure!! I got rid of anything i saw messing with it. All I have for bottom feeders are otto's, pigmy cory and RCS .
I had pretty much the same experience. one of the first fish i purchased was an inspector pleco. Cost a lot and was super cool looking. I planted Hc and it started to root the one morning I come in and the inspector is inspecting my Hc. Just plowing through it. so needless to say the inspector is back at the LFS now.
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I'm going through the same thing with some MM right now. I feel like a young Luke Skywalker with no patience, only I have no Yoda to train me.

What kind of substrate do you have? I'm finding the bigger chunks of eco-complete a real pain when trying to plant this one node at a time. If I could do over... I would clear off the bigger pieces.

How is the HC filling in? It's been two weeks.
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I just planted my tank one by one. Its the best way as it will spread more evenly and faster. Spent about 2.5 hours doing my tank over 2 days with HC. Hoping it will kick into high gear in a day or two and grow out.

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I am using flourite black. It isn't growing at all because it is a frozen block of ice by now. Seeing how it went to the dump. I threw it all out. There was a ton of it. I know alot of people will give me grief. I just didn't have the patients. I want to use dwarf hairgrass now but finding that is next to impossible.
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Old 01-16-2009, 10:17 PM   #12
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I am using flourite black. It isn't growing at all because it is a frozen block of ice by now. Seeing how it went to the dump. I threw it all out. There was a ton of it. I know alot of people will give me grief. I just didn't have the patients. I want to use dwarf hairgrass now but finding that is next to impossible.
HC isn't for everyone.

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No effence but this must be the 50th thread in the last few months asking how to plant hc. When you started this thread didnt it show other threads on this topic?
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Old 01-16-2009, 11:12 PM   #14
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Nope just tried it again with the same title and it showed 5 post and not one of them showed anything about planting HC. Check it out if you want.
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Old 01-16-2009, 11:29 PM   #15
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Hmm im sorry I wasnt trying to be a jerk. It doesnt matter anyway as long as you got the info you wanted. IME planting them one by one about 1/2" apart in a checkerboard pattern really deep so that you see just a few leaves works best
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