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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-22-2012, 01:21 AM Thread Starter
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The wooly stuff in aquatic plant pots - can I keep it on there when I plant?

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I was wondering if I could keep the wooly stuff on the plant roots when I plant them. My substrate is very light, and it's kind of hard to keep the plants down. Keeping this on would definitely help with that.

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I have done it both ways...with no ill effect other than some "wooly stuff" getting loose into the tank when a plant later gets moved. Can't tell you about the long term repercussions though, if any.
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I don't like the stuff in my tanks. I'm not sure what the downsides are, although if you have a fertile substrate that will obviously displace it. If you have a hard time keeping the plants down, and can't just stick them deeper, lead plant weights, or well placed pebbles do a nice job of letting plants root.

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Thanks guys.

Will the lead plant weights leech lead into the water?

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I think the modern weights are Zinc not lead. The "stuff" is call rock-wool. You better leaving it on than using weights. You can remove the rock wool and plant from the backed & use a thin rubber babd to keep it all together. You can also just plant the whole thing including the basket.
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A lot are still lead. It oxidizes over like aluminum, so as long as you do occasional water changes it doesn't build up fast enough to matter (or so I've read).
When I use plant weights I leave them above the sand and remove them after a week, although I don't normally have an issue getting plants to stay down.

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