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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 10-25-2007, 12:17 AM Thread Starter
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Rooting Hormone

Ok, I know this may sound like a noob question, but it's not, I've been into planted tanks almost 3 years now. However, this is my first experience with various crypts. Anway, what I was wondering is if it would be ok to use root hormone on aquatic plants. Essentially this is a powder dip that one places a freshly cut terrestrial plant stem or leaf in so that roots develop quicker. It basically increases the chances of the cuttings survival, while stimulating a new root system upon which to grow. I haven't got the bottle with me at the moment so I don't necessarily know the contents, but I think it is some type of acid (maybe an amino?). I was thinking of trying it out in a 2.5 gallon tank with a few feeder guppies (healthy ones) to see if it has any adverse affect on the water chemistry or the fish.

I use fert tabs as well as seachem fert products in my tanks, however, we all know how much fun it is getting crypts to establish, and even though some have taken hold in the gravel, others keep floating to the surface, even when wedged between river rocks to hold them in place...

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I think rooting hormone is IBA. I don't remember what it stands for, but I know it's an auxin and that it is an acid. It's been a while since bio.

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