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I have a tank with an HC carpet that needs a trimming. I want to use the trimmings to start another carpet SUBMERGED in another tank. Can I take these trimmings and sandwich then with Fiberglass Window Screen and anchor into the substrate?

I have 1" Dirt (MGOCPM) and 1" in Black Diamond Cap. Medium light.

Will this method work? Is there a better method of getting the desirable outcome?

Ultimately, I have a carpet if 12" X 9" in the middle of my 20L...

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I dont think sandwiching it will work unless the screen has pretty wide gaps. Imo the best way to take trimmings and use them is to set up a cheap emersed set up consisting on a tupperware container, some substrate (possibly with dirt underneath) and some cling wrap. Let the HC reroot in the emersed set up then transfer.
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I dont think sandwiching it will work unless the screen has pretty wide gaps. Imo the best way to take trimmings and use them is to set up a cheap emersed set up consisting on a tupperware container, some substrate (possibly with dirt underneath) and some cling wrap. Let the HC reroot in the emersed set up then transfer.

I am trying to steer clear of using submersed HC clipping for a DSM because of the transitions. I think I would rather take spots of HC out of my established HC carpet and transfer those directly into the new tank.

This brings me to my next questions. If I take this route, then what is the best way to anchor the HC while it roots?
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If the stems on the trimmings are long enough you can just replant them.
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If the stems on the trimmings are long enough you can just replant them.
Again, if I replant the stems then how do you propose I anchor them to the substrate. Problem is HC likes to float away...
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If you are putting this in a new tank then you can crank your co2 and it doesnt really melt. I planted my original HC when the tank had already been established and didn't find it too difficult assuming you are going to tear some up from your carpet with roots. I have ecocomplete with dirt under it and planting the HC wasnt very difficult with this substrate. You can just lay the roots out and put substrate on top to hold it down.
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Alright, I was hoping there may be a better way rather than tearing the HC from my established tank and planting the HC into the new tank. I did this not to long ago and the voids of HC in the new tank filled in pretty quickly so I will just have to take this route. thanks.
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