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Nicole
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Stay Plants, Stay!
« on: May 21, 2011, 07:52:42 PM »

We got some nice plants for our tank, but the five of them dug them up in the first 5 hours!  I know goldies do this, but the plants float around and clog the filter when they're not rooted and it's causing problems.  We tried burying them deep but it didn't work well.  How do the rest of you keep your aquarium plants...well, planted?  I would love some advice!
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Nossie
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Re: Stay Plants, Stay!
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2011, 05:03:49 AM »

I have a pretty deep layer of gravel, it's about 2-3 inches on most places, deeper towards the back. My plants have always stuck pretty well, but that's mostly because I have pretty big ones from the start Smiley My goldies aren't uprooting them at all, even the smaller ones! A few of the plants are growing on bog wood in the tank, you could try tying a few Java Ferns to some bog wood until it roots! If the goldies can't leave it alone during that time, you could keep it in the quarantine tank or something 'til it sticks well to the wood! Cheesy

I sometimes put some bigger pebbles around the plants as well, that way they can't dig around too close to the plants Smiley
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Ron H
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Re: Stay Plants, Stay!
« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2011, 07:43:59 PM »

my ryukins rip everything out, little blighters, then I noticed at my local pet store that you can get lead weights that are shaped to easily clip to the stem at the bottom of the plant, you can then hide the lead bit in the gravel, seems to have helped the plants gain a foothold on the gravel... cheers all
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fantailer
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Re: Stay Plants, Stay!
« Reply #3 on: August 15, 2011, 05:45:45 AM »

My goldfish flipped over a plant last night and it wasn't real. Roll Eyes
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Nicole
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Re: Stay Plants, Stay!
« Reply #4 on: August 15, 2011, 09:02:50 AM »

I like the idea of anchoring them, but I'd be worried about lead seeping into the water.  Maybe I can anchor them to a stone or a big wooden bead or something.
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BronzieTheMoor
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Re: Stay Plants, Stay!
« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2011, 12:24:49 PM »

The bead'd float.. Roll Eyes
A big stone would totally work. I just got fed up with live plants and got plastics.
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Ron H
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Re: Stay Plants, Stay!
« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2011, 07:36:46 PM »

the lead should be ok, problems only occur if its being chewed or ground up in some poor creatures gizzard, which should not worry fish as their digestive system is a little different, and for the most part the lead will be hidden in the gravel anyway...  and I do share your concern Nicole, we occasionally see a lot of swan deaths attributed to lead shot that the duck hunters used to use, it sits on the bottom of the lagoons for years and years and when the water levels are low enough in high use area's the swans ingest it when forraging on the bottom, and once it enters thier gizzard, it is ground up, enters the blood stream and the swan begins a slow lingering death... this is the reason that steel shot was introduced and is mandatory at some of our lagoons... hope cheers > Ron
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Summer Time
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Re: Stay Plants, Stay!
« Reply #7 on: August 16, 2011, 09:02:45 PM »

I removed the lead weights on all my plants, just didn't want to take the risk.  

After removing the lead weights, I tie the bottom of the plants together (where the weights were) with white kite string.  I have those oval glass stones on the bottom of my tank, so I tuck them under a decoration or air stone.

I am SOOOOO glad that I quarantine my plants!  I bought 3 plants recently, rinsed them as thoroughly as anyone could, but forgot to sterilize them in bleach etc. -- I just dropped them into an empty tank with water that I had sitting around, and after 3 weeks (while still in quarantine) I had a ton of snails, and tons more eggs of something on the plants!  I don't want snails so I threw them all out.  Now I have to clean my quarantine tank.
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Bluegolden
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Re: Stay Plants, Stay!
« Reply #8 on: October 16, 2012, 12:18:54 PM »

I've noticed that a few have you have said you keep your bettas in bowls and vaces? I've kept bettas for a while, and you shouldn't have a betta in under one gallon of water, you're all against keeping goldfish in bowls right? Well you should feel the same about bettas too, they need more space to livea longer happier healthier life
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fantailer
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Re: Stay Plants, Stay!
« Reply #9 on: October 17, 2012, 06:16:49 AM »

Yeah this thread was one year ago. Now we know better. Infact I had a betta in a 2 gallon vase.
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Re: Stay Plants, Stay!
« Reply #10 on: October 17, 2012, 08:28:34 AM »

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I've noticed that a few have you have said you keep your bettas in bowls and vaces? I've kept bettas for a while, and you shouldn't have a betta in under one gallon of water, you're all against keeping goldfish in bowls right? Well you should feel the same about bettas too, they need more space to livea longer happier healthier life

Completely agree with you Smiley I didn't know much about Betta's back then to give advice  Wink But now I'm beginning to think they're more mis-cared for than goldfish  Undecided
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Re: Stay Plants, Stay!
« Reply #11 on: October 19, 2012, 02:51:49 PM »

I'm glad, just wanted to make sure you guys knew that:D
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