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Old 09-12-2014, 10:57 PM   #1
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How long to establish roots in dirted tank?


How long does it take for most plants (Anubias, swords, vals, crypts, etc) to establish healthy roots in a planted tank with a sand-capped dirt substrate?

I want to know when they'll dig in to the point where I don't have to worry about say, tiny Cory cats uprooting everything in the tank.

I actually had to tie a big sword down to plant it
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Old 09-12-2014, 11:17 PM   #2
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Good question, it might depend of a large number of factors. From what I observed (limited to my tank). Not long. I can't give you a number of days. I notice once the plant's roots hits the soil, they seem to dig in quick. Some plants quicker than others.
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Old 09-12-2014, 11:34 PM   #3
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Yeah, I had a giant sword come unrooted and send dirt everywhere into the water. Replanting it only made the problem worse, and cleaning this up is going to be a joy.

My last big sword had roots that spread to the entire right side of a 110 gallon tank after 6 months. Removing it uprooted everything else on that side of the tank, and it had roots as long as my forearm. Of course, I was a kid at the time, so...
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Old 09-13-2014, 12:34 AM   #4
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Interesting, I started a 75g no so long ago. I have angels, corys and otos. I put fishes very early without worrying about fishes digging or ripping plants and none of the plants are being unrooted. I even put glossos and they are doing fine and spreading. I have dirt and sand too. I also put a small sword couple of week ago and no problem there.
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Old 09-13-2014, 01:11 AM   #5
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I've been using Root Tabs and Flourish Comprehensive (micronutrients) in my small tank, and the plants seem to be appreciating it. No NPK yet.
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