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Contradictory frustrating answers about planting Dwarf Baby Tears

Ok I am really getting contradictory answers and its getting frustrating quite frankly. So, I am getting ready to get my DBT, and plant them in my 20 gallon long tank. I hear, two possible approaches. I am planning to do Dry Start Method

One, keep them in the pot. Plant it while they are in the pot, let them grow out, then later on, take out the pot.

Two, take them out of the pot, plant them in the substrate, clean them enough so there is nothing in the roots.


I asked this question here earlier, and @Starwarsfan mentioned to take option two.
Now here is where it gets confusing. I was about to order it from Aquariumcoop, and there, not only in the description, but also other users said they are doing it already, or planning to do.

So what should I do? Is there pros/cons to either approaches? Please help me. My tank is all set and ready to go for plants. But I cant do it without learning about it more.
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Take out of pot, clean them / prune them, cut them into small clumps, evenly plant clumps 1-2 inches apart in a grid, let grow, enjoy
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Take out of pot, clean them / prune them, cut them into small clumps, evenly plant clumps 1-2 inches apart in a grid, let grow, enjoy
Thank you Quagulator. Thats what I am leaning towards as well. I am just surprised that someone like Cory would recommend the other option. Just curious, thats all.
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I am just surprised that someone like Cory would recommend the other option. Just curious, thats all.
Maybe because he is in the "aquarium hobby" and not the "planted tank" hobby?? There is quite a large difference...

Ex: purposely dosing nitrates and phosphates to levels that would make fish only keepers "cringe"
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@Quagulator is correct. In fact I've found the smallest groups you can do the better. I've even done a stem at a time. You are going to be using co2 correct? Tough to grow well without it.


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@Quagulator is correct. In fact I've found the smallest groups you can do the better. I've even done a stem at a time. You are going to be using co2 correct? Tough to grow well without it.
You are correct. Matter of fact, thats the only reason I am considering this plant.
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Ok I am really getting contradictory answers and its getting frustrating quite frankly. So, I am getting ready to get my DBT, and plant them in my 20 gallon long tank. I hear, two possible approaches. I am planning to do Dry Start Method

One, keep them in the pot. Plant it while they are in the pot, let them grow out, then later on, take out the pot.

Two, take them out of the pot, plant them in the substrate, clean them enough so there is nothing in the roots.


I asked this question here earlier, and @Starwarsfan mentioned to take option two.
Now here is where it gets confusing. I was about to order it from Aquariumcoop, and there, not only in the description, but also other users said they are doing it already, or planning to do.

So what should I do? Is there pros/cons to either approaches? Please help me. My tank is all set and ready to go for plants. But I cant do it without learning about it more.

if you keep them in the pot then they grow to the size of the pot or hang over just a bit. also you limit the roots to the available nutrients to whats in the water and what may be in the gel/rockwool(which is going to be next to nothing). if you pull it out of the gel/rockwool then you give it the full tank to grow in and you give it access to more possible nutrients(these will still be some what limited depending on substrate). plants always grow better when you give them more then enough room to do so. like it was stated earlier aquariumcoop all though very very knowledgeable about plants are doing so for profit and will grow plants in ways to make it easier to sell.
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Thank you everyone for your information. It definitely helped me to understand this. I understand that once I get this plant, I will separate them, then plant them.
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