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Questions regarding planting HC (Hemianthus Callichtroides)

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I started a HC tank a while ago, and the plant is slowly spreading. However, I see some of them growing with roots out of the substrate...Should I push the roots back in or just leave it?

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I think it's better to leave them as they are, cause when you try to push them into the substrate, you'll probably gonna uproot more than you bury.

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You could order some Chinese takeout and ask for a set of chop-sticks. After your done eating use a chopstick to push the root back into the substrate as carefully as possible.

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You could order some Chinese takeout and ask for a set of chop-sticks. After your done eating use a chopstick to push the root back into the substrate as carefully as possible.

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what ? why did you just told him use any type small of wood stick ? why gotta be chinese take out and chop stick ? :icon_ mrgr


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You can always try to push them back in but I personally would just leave them and let them spread naturally on their own. Either way would work but there is more of a chance with uprooting if you try to move the roots.


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Lol!! Thanks for the specifying!


Thank you guys. I will leave them alone then. =D
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what ? why did you just told him use any type small of wood stick ? why gotta be chinese take out and chop stick ? :icon_ mrgr
Becouse after he's done he can chop it up into 1" peaces and use them for a c02 diffuser ... try that with a peace of oak let alone tapering the end and then aging/boiling it so it's not toxic to the tank.

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I personally would not put chopsticks in my tank...simply because I believe that they add bleach and other things during production.
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I personally would not put chopsticks in my tank...simply because I believe that they add bleach and other things during production.
And yet you would put them in your mouth if that was the case?

Allot of people put there plants in bleach dips all the time before adding them to there tanks (I use potassium permanganate myself) without any bad effects so how is this different especially since you would rinse it in hot water first?

Allot of people also use chopsticks as C02 diffusers without any bad effects which means there running air through them. So there all wrong as well?

Your logic is escaping me unless you work in a chopstick factory and know for a fact how there made.

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They probably do bleach the chopsticks, but the bleach is long gone by the time you use them. I have used them in aquariums for a couple of years with no ill effects.

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I actually saw a documentary on factories in china, including chopsticks (disposable ones) factories. I will not go in detail but it's quite horrifying.

Anyways, that's all I will respond to such a defensive comment. Thanks again for all your input on planting HC.
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