Keeping HC down..

Discussion in 'Plant Help' started by Aeropars, 19 Sep 2007.

  1. Aeropars

    Aeropars Member

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    Does anyone have any bright ideas for getting my HU to stay rooted? I think my angelfish and gourami's might be pulling it up but i cant be sure.

    Is there anything i can do to either deter them or to anchor the plant down well? My idea of carpeting the HC is going to the dogs!
     
  2. Themuleous

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    Push it deeper into the substrate. Don't worry if its completely covered, so long as its not under 2 foot of substrate it'll so grow out the top, by which time it'll be nice and anchored :)

    I tend to do this for this very reason, leaves appear on the surface within a few days.

    Sam
     
  3. Matt Holbrook-Bull

    Matt Holbrook-Bull Founder

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    I had to send my angel fish on perminant holiday for this very reason, they do it with anything they can get their beeks around.. they seem to want alot of greenery in their diet, theyll destroy riccia, HC, glosso, hairgrass, anything really thats got a small stem..

    I just gave up trying to find a way to stop them doing it, even isolating them in other parts of the tank for while, hoping theyd forget.. that didnt work either.
     
  4. Aeropars

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    I have done this to some extent but it still gets pulled up. I'll give it a try a little deeper and see how i go.

    do the roots go pretty deep once established?
     
  5. Themuleous

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    They go fairly deep given the size of the plant, I would say around 1-2cm long once properly established, not very deep even then, but plenty to hold them down.

    Sam
     
  6. Aeropars

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    See I've never had a problem with Riccia or Glosso and once established, hairgrass. Its just the HC they love to dismantle... i'm not even sure they are eating it as theres a load just floating up at the serface i havent bothered to anchor down again. There is a little bit anchored thats growing happily.

    Unfortunatly i'd never get rid of the angels as they are the other halfs favourite fish. Although i could use it as an excuse for another tank out in the hallway...
     
  7. Themuleous

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    Worth a try ;)
     
  8. Matt Holbrook-Bull

    Matt Holbrook-Bull Founder

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    hehe, i know what you mean.. i was incredibly reluctant to get rid of mine, but i had no choice, they ate an 8 inch lump of riccia in about 5 days, just 3 of them! Im wondering if its down to size, mine were pretty big, so maybe that was half of it.

    good luck with the issue though, its a pain
     

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