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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-06-2002, 05:36 AM Thread Starter
 
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i'm having a little problem here. i have some ludwigia repens and a wendtii red in one of my tanks. the wendtii is doing fairly well, but the ludwigia is not doing to well. part of the problem is that my plec insists on pulling them out every night, so i find the stalks floating in the tank in the morning. is there a way to keep this from happening? i like the plant, but this is a pain!
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-06-2002, 06:51 AM
 
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The best way I've found for keeping down any stem plant is to use stainless steel washers. Slip one to three stems through the washer hole, then place a small rubber band at the bottom of the stem so that the stem/rubber band can't go back through the hole again. Then plant the stem/washer so that the washer is covered with gravel and anchors it until roots can help "tie" it down.

BTW, I use the small rubber bands that are used on orthodontic braces.
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I had the same problem, unfortunately you might not like the solution I ended up using - I took the pleco out. Stick with SAE's and ottos. I did replace him with a smaller pleco, though.

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well i have a L004 angelicus, not even fully grown yet, only about 3" so i can't really get much smaller (not to mention that i'm a plec nut, so i would never take him out!)

i like the idea about the washers. i'm going to give that a try and see how it works out.

thanks!
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I am not exactly new at fish/plants but I I dont know all the abriviations so can ya please tell me what a SAE is?
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A SAE is a Siamese Algae Eater. Great little algae eater that won't harm plants while they're eating the algae off em.
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I'm going to try that washer trick also. I've replanted one of the plants in my 55gal 6 days in a row now! If this don't work they go in with my pond fish! I have three of them roudy little buggers in there. :hehe:

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Update: Once again Steve has saved the day! Those little washers work like magic.... Thanks again Steve :hehe:

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