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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-27-2019, 03:42 AM Thread Starter
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Question Planting into Fluval Stratum

My main tank is organic potting soil capped with sand. I find it very easy to plant into, and not nearly as messy as some folks say.

However, for my two new pico tanks, I decided to try Fluval Stratum so I could experiment a bit. I find it difficult plant in, and to keep plants from floating free. My tongs are useless.

Any tips before I give up and go back to what I know?

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It takes two hands I find. One hand for the tweezers, the other hand holds the plant down as you release the the plant and withdraw the tweezers.
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Yea Stratum I want 2” thick but even then you have to make sure you wiggle tongs to get good drop around stem and then pull down and away to get it to hold.

Been thinking about trying this as a additive. Lava not much heavier but rough texture might help fluval be less fluid in tank.
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Funny, my latest nano has stratum. I find a very gentle and slow method of planting is necessary, but plants will hold with some patience.

The reason why I say funny is because in the next day or two I'm going to be removing the stratum and doing an organic soil with a sand cap. lol I'm just not happy with the growth of the plants and Stratum.

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Thanks for the tips. It is tough with two hands in a 5 gallon. I finally took the red things (training wheels?) off my tongs, and that really seems to help.
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