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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-17-2010, 06:19 AM Thread Starter
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Remove Planting "Soil"?

I'm new to planted tanks and I just purchased an anubias barteri for my Fluval Edge. One question I have right off the bat is, do I need to remove the fibreglass-like material the plant came with when planting? See picture below:


It's about 2" in height and I can't hide it under the Flourite (I left some rhizomes sticking out). Does this yellow stuff dissolve eventually?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-17-2010, 06:44 AM
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yeah just remove it in the water, should come out.


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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-17-2010, 12:41 PM
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That material is a great hiding spot for snails, and any kind of algae the plant store might or might not have in their tank. I always cut open the pot and discard and then roll the planting material in my hands under running room temp tap to break it loose without busting too many roots. Tweezers to get the small bits off, and your set!

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when planting from pots i found the easiest way is to have a large bowl of tank water near your work area so you can use it to clean off the rockwool with out it getting in your tank, it does come off alot easier under water hence the bowl to work in


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Great! Thanks for the info. I'll be re-planting these tonight without the rockwool.
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