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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-28-2007, 11:39 PM Thread Starter
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Is it possible to plant too many plants at one time?

is it?

I bought alot of plants that were on sale for a really good price (40 - 50% off plus buy one get one free). I believe they were Anubias, Crypts, and Java Ferns. Now my concern is, my tank is currently not planted and I would like to plant all of these by tonight. I have 4 threespot gouramis and 1 blue acara living in the tank at the moment (been there for a week). What do you guys think?

I will take a couple of pictures of the amount of plants I have later.
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-28-2007, 11:45 PM
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Plant them all. No problem with the plants you have listed being packed in.
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By the way, can you guys offer some planting tips?

Should I snip off any damaged leaves or just leave it and let the plant heal?
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i'm not sure about the plants you have, but it seems like you don't have much light on that tank. i know the java ferns can take it, but i'm am not sure about the other plants.

jsyk, i am far from a plant expert :P

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Take off any damaged leaves and tie the ferns and anubias to rocks or driftwood. The crypts can be planted in the gravel. I've always had better luck with crypts when I trimmed the roots down to 2-3 inches before replanting.

They are all low light plants and should do fine.
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agreed, do a search in "low tech" section for best "low-light" plants and those 3 species are at the top of everyones list...plants do much good for an aquarium's ecosystem re: filtering

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Anubias has to be tied? I already Planted them in the gravel. Is that ok?
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-29-2007, 05:34 PM
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No it is not ok. Anubias & Java Fern are rhizome plants. The rhizome needs to be exposed for the plants to survive. When buried in the gravel, they will die.

For either plant, try tying to a small piece of driftwood or rock. Then press the wood/rock into the gravel up to the rizome. It should give you the same look as being planted.

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fwiw, I have an anubias buried in the gravel all the way, in my high-tech tank for 4-5 months now, it has tons of new leaves and looks very healthy...

however, do a search on anubias and you'll see 9 out 10 posters say you can bury the roots, but don't bury the "rhizome" (the thick bulb/tube thing) or it will rot.

Some people superglue the rhizome to driftwood or a rock, since super-glue cures under water quickly, just put a drop on the rhizome, then stick it on, same as people use superglue on frags and etc in salt tanks

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