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Proper planting techniques?

I am new to this whole planting thing, but figured I could just stumble through it and hopefully have something live. I did alot of research. But it occurred to me that I might just be killing my plants. Ok... It didn't just accur to me, I killed 3 plants in my backyard, two of them being daisies. How could I kill a daisy!!!???!! Anyways, panic set in and I started to worry about my underwater one. What are the proper techniques when planting, for achieving bushy healthy happy plants. Unfortunately my cories have taken to foraging at the base of each plant, and uprooting them. So I have bunched them into small bunches and weighted them with metal strips.
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Different plants have different requirements. For instance, Java fern and anubias should be planted with the rhizome above the substrate, whereas most stem plants it doesn't matter.

Most plants will do well if you push the roots down and then pull up a bit, spreading the roots out. There are a couple really good videos on YouTube by Tropica that show proper technique. Here is one, there are others: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Stj8dHrau8E

I will say that if you plants are being uprooted, it probably has little to do with the cories. Try increasing the depth of the gravel bed if it is less than 2".


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That's good advise with most plants, don't plant them too deep leaving only the roots below the surface, remove plastic baskets fro potted plants, remove lead bands from stem plants and plant them seperately, rinse plants in luke warm water or a bucket of tank water before planting, and have fun.


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Note i find it easy to do the above techniques with tweezers. It helps get the bottom of the plant

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Different plants have different requirements. For instance, Java fern and anubias should be planted with the rhizome above the substrate, whereas most stem plants it doesn't matter.

Most plants will do well if you push the roots down and then pull up a bit, spreading the roots out. There are a couple really good videos on YouTube by Tropica that show proper technique. Here is one, there are others: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Stj8dHrau8E

I will say that if you plants are being uprooted, it probably has little to do with the cories. Try increasing the depth of the gravel bed if it is less than 2".
My sand is 3 inches deep in most places. Its the cories I promise. They all start to "forage" at the base of each stem in a circle. Till all the sand is gone and the stem floats up to the surface. Then they move unto the next stem. they pick on plant and dig up each stem till its all floating. Then move on to another kind of plant. Its getts frustrating... Thank you for the link!!!
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