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I made the mistake again of taking advice from unqualified individuals on this forum based upon their uneducated guesses... I was instructed to plant my HC, then fill the tank. I just ended up with a bunch of floating HC.

I scooped it out and have some wet paper stuff over it... What do I do to keep it alive while the tank clears? I guess in like 4-5 hours I will add it back, but if the tank isn't clear, how do I keep it alive well until morning?
 

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Breath. Take a deep breath.

Why are you waiting for you tank to clear? What is clearing? Was it cloudy from you filling it up? If so, the HC floating in that cloudiness won't kill it. It'll be happier in that than sitting in a wet paper towell over night.

Whowever the "unqualifed" individuals were, were actually probably pretty qualified but somewhere some instructions got left off. A popular way to plant HC is to A)plant it in an empty tank and let it grown emmergent or B)plant it in a dry tank and then fill the tank immediately. If you want to fill the tank immediately, you have to be careful that the incoming water doesn't disturb the substrate and let the HC get loose. Filling onto a plate or frisbee is a popular method. The plate/frisbee absorbs the impact of the water pressure, and allows the tank to fill gently and slowly.
 
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Hi GuppyGuppyGuppyGuppyGuppy,

Really tired of almost every one of your posts screaming "Help" ;ever heard the story about the boy who cried wolf?
Hi Seattle_Aquarist

This is the second one IIRC. If you're tired of them, don't read them. I've heard the story and it isn't analogous to this. It would be if I were lying, but I can supply pictures if you don't believe the fact that my HC started floating.

Nobody asked you to read this and leave a rude reply. If you have nothing useful to say, don't reply. You should work on acquiring a more positive and caring attitude. I'm not sure how long you've been using forums on the internet, but when people need help quickly to prevent their investment from going to waste, something like, "HELP!" is usually included in the title.

That being said, I did a dry start and everything died because someone said mold didn't harm them. I just planted dry and used a flat object to avoid disturbing the substrate when I poured the water in. The HC began floating in an area where no water was being poured.

The tank is cloudy, I can't see through it to plant the HC... Would floating it harm the roots or something, especially if the pumps are running and there's surface motion?
 

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It happens in this hobby, I think you're worrying a tab much about this. I remember replanting my foreground plants multiple times before they rooted lol. They're fine floating in the tank, one of my buddies left his floating and then got stuck on a wood and grew into a softball.. Lol!

Plants are much hardier than you think, and I find hc to be extremely resilient. Also filling and then plants floating is almost guaranteed to happen, the smallest bubbles can set them loose or the current just swept them up - it happens.
Just relax, pull out the tweezers and replant.
 
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