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How to keep plants planted?

I recently bought a hydrotricine hotoniiflora. I've never seen this plant before but it looks like hornwort. The problem I'm having is keeping it in the substrate since no roots have grown yet. The stems keep floating to the top after a couple of days no matter how often or how deeply I replant them. I'm tempted to put the lead weight back on. Would that be a problem? What about a rubber band? Any advice would be greatly appreciated since I'm new to this hobby.
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I'm not familiar with that plant, but I lead weight all my stems until they start to set in roots. Just don't keep too thick a bunch so the stems all get good lighting. It gives you a chance to see how they look in the tank were you place them too.
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What kind of substrate do you have? Are you planting them with tweezers or forceps?

If the stems you are planting are very long 10 or 12 inches you may need to trim them down to 6 or 8 so they are not so floaty. Now theres a bad adjective.

Anyhoo! I have this plant in aquasoil and I have no trouble with it.
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I bought a ton of lead weights. Everything I plant gets at least one.
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+1. I have used very small cutup'd lead weights for my stubborn plants who won't stay planted. This is probably because my loaches are so active in digging, but either way the weights keep them down. Again I take them out when they are rooted.
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If it is a hornwort, it won't actually grow any roots. That is what keeps other plants buried, the roots take hold and serve as an anchor. The buried section, if you can keep it buried, will just die. Its a floating plant that grows in all directions.
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In the LFS they had these plants all weighted and planted - maybe that was just for display purposes. Also - to the above questions - my substrate is a mix of gravel and another planted-tank specific substrate which is also somewhat like fine gravel. I planted all of my plants by hand rather than with forceps. Is that not a good idea?
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+1 lead weight wraps!


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I take it the lead in the weights won't have any effect on water chemistry?

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No it will not leak any thing into the tank. LFS's use it all the time, I have used it for a while now, and I know people who has as well and have not heard of any problems.

ChrisP- planting is planting, whether done by hand or forceps or feet, if the plant is far enough under the substrate, it should stay. Tweezers/forceps make it easier to plant smaller/lighter plants and in tight spaces but many times if it goes under, it will stay.

Also I have never planted hornwort, just floated it. Though I haven't ever used it as a scape as well so I'm not sure.
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I have some hornwart and I just shoved the stem DEEP into the substrate. It seems to be holding fine for me. It rooted in about a week or two.

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