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I spent about 1 1/2 hours planting glossostigma yesterday. I've kept a nice, open space for it the whole time I've been building up my tank because I really want a carpet of it. I've heard that it's hard to plant and I used the "tweezer method" to get it all in there. Worked quite well!

Today I get up and half of it is floating or stuck to the filter intake!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :evil: I don't know if my ottos, my amanos or some MTS in the substrate caused this (or maybe they floated up themselves), but I was really mad! Spent a lot of time this morning planting some of it back.

Just a second ago went and looked a lot was floating again, and now some of it is yellowing and looking bad. Maybe I should just give up

Is there any, ANY carpeting plant that is easier than this?
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I can almost guarentee that it was the MTS snails.

I planted my C. Parva well over a WEEK ago, and every now and then a plant or two will be up floating in the morning.

Even my 3" long wood shrimp can get around the plants with no problem.

Stupid snails. >|

I have a LOT better luck with aquatic plants than with houseplants ... mb this is a sign.
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Jread, get Lilaeopsis brasiliensis easy to plant.
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Will do, thanks for the suggestion

I guess that glosso is something that you want to put in your tank FIRST... before there are any critters in there at all. I think that would give it time to get well-rooted and all before the "bulldozers" come along.
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The glosso does much better staying put after it has grown some roots and start sending out runners. When I replant the dwarf hairgrass or the glosso, it tends to float up due to the MTS, but give it a week or so and it stays put.
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hehe MTS are the culprits.... but they are great aren't they??? yea, you just have to patient with them when you have to plant stuff.

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Perhaps if you mixed some sand in those spots, the stems might hold better.
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MTS are the culprits.... but they are great aren't they
I used to like MTS but lost interest because they tear things up. I think a substrate like Eco would take forever to get compacted, so I don't really see the benifit in them anymore.

Elatine is a neat foreground plant compared to glosso, but its hard to find, and hard to care for.
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yea i love your elatine foreground, but it's hard to care for ?? how so? I'm curious.

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Well compared to glosso, because it grows in slower. And it tends to melt if conditions change. It's one of those plants that you can't handle to much, you just have to leave it alone to let it grow.
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