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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-14-2004, 12:23 PM Thread Starter
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Mornin: My LFS is NOT knowledgable about live plants (her comment to me was "do plastic its easier" LOL. Anyway, when I got my plant order for my 90 I had ordered 4 bunches of hygro with the plant weights on them. They are really good looking. She told me just plant them in the bunch..so I did. And roots have formed and all is well Then,,I read that I should have separated them and planted each stem. Should I dig them up seeing they are doing well? Im thinking they are too close together and may rot due to lack of like in the bunch. They also still have the weights on them but I read it is NOT lead but a zinc composite.Anyone?? Also thanks alot for all of your help when planting this tank!
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I had always heard the weights should come off. Also once the plants grow the stems get thicker and this will impede things. With regards to planting in a bunch, here is my own personal experience. I would buy stem plants, take of the weights and plant that entire bunch together. I would do the same with the other plants- planting each bunch about 1" to 1 1/4" from each other. The plants grew high and then not enough light got to the bottom of the plants and I ended up with plants with leave only on the top half or so. I am not in the process of replanting and leaving room. mund you I have 3.6 watts per gallon and still not enough light got to the bottom of the plants. Anyway this is my own experience.

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Thanks Ken. That's what I was afriad would happen as they are very bushy. Would it harm them to dig them up now, have been in there for a week but I can see the roots going into the flourite already. Wish I had known, I hate to disturb them where they took so well... Would you dig them up??Thanks for answering-
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move them about 1-2 inches apart from each other. If they have only been in there a week, then they shouldn't have too many roots and it won't be too difficult to dig them up.
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Thanks alot!
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Yes, I would move them.

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Zinc is also poisonous, although not so much as lead. Hygro will generally stay put if it is planted 1 inch into the substrate, even before it has roots. If you need to use weights, you can buy plastic coated weights for use in the aquarium.
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You don't have to plant hygro, I stuck a couple stems between the leaves of an anubius 3 inches above the substrate. They rooted and tried to spread from there! :? I was just holding them for a week for a friend and I had to uproot them to get them out of the tank.

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Thats what they have done already. I see LONG roots growing quite a ways from the surface and into the flourite. Thanks alot everyone!
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