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New planting

Postby IndianoAnnie » Mon Sep 17, 2012 3:47 pm

Hi,
Can I plant straight into gravel will that work or will I have to change substraite?

Any advice would be amazing

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Re: New planting

Postby Carylnz » Mon Sep 17, 2012 10:45 pm

Straight into the gravel is fine.
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Re: New planting

Postby IndianoAnnie » Mon Sep 17, 2012 10:47 pm

okay thanks :)
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Re: New planting

Postby mamadonald » Thu Sep 20, 2012 1:47 am

I always plant straight into gravel.
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Re: New planting

Postby Carylnz » Thu Sep 20, 2012 3:47 am

Of course there is a right way and a wrong way to plant too and it varies depending on the type. Here is a very basic guide...
If it has fine roots branching out, make a hole with your finger, gently push the plants in (and most of this type are what is called "bunch plants" 'cos they look best planted in bunches) and gather the substrate back around the plant to hold it firmly in place. It doesn't matter how deeply you put the plant in the gravel. "Bunch plants" (this covers many of those commonly sold in your lfs and are cheapest) often grow small roots off their main stems. Once the plant grows too tall, just cut off the tops (or in half) and then plant the tops as new plants. The old bottom halves will grow a lot bushier than before and you just keep repeating the process. The more you cut them, the bushier they get. Examples of these are ambulia, cabomba, rotala, lysimachia and baby tears (Bacopa).
If it has a small bulb or rhizome on the end, like the Aponogetons, Anubias, Tiger lotus and some Cryptocorynes, plant the same way but make sure you do not bury the top of the bulb or it will rot.
Java fern, unlike most plants, does not like its roots to be buried much at all and does best attached to a large rock, driftwood, or ornament. Its roots will slowly attach themselves to the object over time. In the meantime, you can hold it down with cotton, fine fishing line, superglue, or just wedge a few roots in a crack in the wood. Java reproduces by growing little plantlets on the sides and ends of old leaves. These can be left attached for a neat effect or you can just pull them off gently, making sure they have decent lengths of their own roots, and replant them (like the larger parent plants) or let them float.
Indian fern and water wisteria are two other plants that reproduce like Java fern.
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Re: New planting

Postby IndianoAnnie » Thu Sep 20, 2012 8:06 pm

I'm just learning so I just bought jungle val :) thanks
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Re: New planting

Postby IndianoAnnie » Tue Sep 25, 2012 4:32 pm

My plants have only been planted like a week or someting , but they arnt as green and vibrant and stuff as what i have seen, is there a problem and is tere anything i can do to help ?

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Re: New planting

Postby englishmx » Tue Sep 25, 2012 6:03 pm

IndianoAnnie wrote:My plants have only been planted like a week or someting , but they arnt as green and vibrant and stuff as what i have seen, is there a problem and is tere anything i can do to help ?


An Ammonia reading of 4ppm will not be helping :wink:

As they are only planted in gravel (not nutrient rich soil/substrate) a general liquid fert may help
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Re: New planting

Postby IndianoAnnie » Tue Sep 25, 2012 7:00 pm

when my tanks ready i want shrimp so they cant have copper is there any you can recomened that dont have this?
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Re: New planting

Postby ady » Sat Dec 01, 2012 10:37 pm

i'd give a liquid fert a try also..
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Re: New planting

Postby IndianoAnnie » Mon Dec 03, 2012 12:53 am

yeah i use it weekly after my water changes, thanks though :)
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