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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 02-29-2008, 05:58 PM Thread Starter
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Getting Plants to stay put in SMS!!!!????

SMS is way lite...how the heck do you get your plants to stay put. especially the microsword! here are the plants i have:

11Amazon Sword Mother Pot


62Tall Amazon Sword


43Marble Queen Swords


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25Baby Tears Planted Driftwoods


2636 Inch squares Microsword


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68Asst. Crypt Plants


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Sometimes with SMS you have to tie plants down. You may whant to look into these.http://www.plantguild.com/boloweights.html
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I understand what you mean.....bubbles constantly knock my sms into the air. I just use weights on my plants
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oh yeah...btw - I get the weights from petsmart. They are lead and twist around the bottom of the plant
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Never used SMS but I hear that it stays down better after a while. They have to get uhh 'waterlogged'. Are you using new SMS in the tank? If the tank has been set up for a while, guess you would have to go with the weights.
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If you stir it up a bit, that might help, that is if you havent planted a bunch of stuff already. Stirring should free the air thats trapped beneath.
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ok the plants are in for now....i haven't turned on my power heads yet....i think i will wait a week or two before i do that.....

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I can not get my plants to stay put! either the algae eater knocks them out or the little current i have in my tank does......any ideas?

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ok the plants are in for now....i haven't turned on my power heads yet....i think i will wait a week or two before i do that.....

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How deep is your SMS? I just put in Turface (same thing basically) and I had to make it about 4" deep to keep the plants down. BTW, I did stir mine to free air bubbles before I planted.
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around 4"

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My plants stay down fine, although I have Dwarf Puffers, Otos, Bumblebee Gobies, and Cherry Shrimp.
Sometimes I use my forceps to put the plant stems in at an angle to keep the plants down. I don't have a problem with my sword or crypts trying to float back up, although I am currently having a problem with a few plugs of Sag grass staying down.
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How do you get your amazons to stay down. THe only plants that don't move are the ones in pots.

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I don't trim the roots that much on the sword. I've had my sword for a while so my roots may be longer than your's in a pot. I grab the end of the roots with my 12" tweezers and drag it through the substrate at a slight angle until it is where I want it. Then I just straighten the plant and viola, the plant stays put. The plants usually end up deeper in the substrate than they should be, so be careful pulling them back up so the roots can stay at that angle.
If that doesn't work or the roots aren't long enough, get a bunch of lead weights to keep the plant down until the roots grow enough to hold the plant down.
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In your own thread:

https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/su...y-water-2.html

Sorry, I feel for you, but I think we need to just not keep bottom dwellers and hope our fish don't swim too fast.

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