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hi,

please share if you had planted H. callichtroides in the past! they are sooo tiny. how can I do it? any best way to do it? some of them
float on the surface now. directly plant it in the gravel? or?

please please please give me some ideas.

thanks a lot,

Tim
 

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USE TWEEZERS.. they are a lifesaver, dude!!!

having smaller substrate granules help too.
 

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Tim, the easiest thing to do would be to bring it by my house, I can show you how to plant it in a few minutes. :wink:
 

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I just got some in as well, but it's still sitting in it's pot. I was wondering the same thing. Guess I'll use my pointed tweezers to plant.
 

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i planted them directly in gravel. hope they will be ok. :lol:

Sean,

ummm... they will be in your tank one month later if they still alive. :D

Daemonfly,

i think i know where and who you ordered from. :lol: check your pm... :wink:

Tim
 

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I was just teasing Tim, I have some growing in my competition tank. It roots nicely in the moon sand. I can't imagine trying to plant it in gravel with a bigger grain size.
 

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Planting the stems as deep as possible helps keep them secure in coarser stuff like Fluorite and regular gravel. Leave the leaves on the lower part of the stem to help anchor it.
 

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won't the leaves rot if you leave the bottom leaves in and underneath the gravel???
 

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hubbahubbahehe said:
won't the leaves rot if you leave the bottom leaves in and underneath the gravel???
Yes, eventually they rot off the plant. I always plant stem plants with the leaves on the bottom parts of the stem. Everything settles in like this for me and roots.
 

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Ok so your leaves don't rot enough that cause the rest of the plant to rot? this is what i experienced...and it killed off a whole bunch of my plants in the beginning..
 

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I'm guessing HC is like most of our common "lawn" plants in that it feeds from the water column & uses roots mainly to, well.., root itself? :p
 

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Hubba,

A healthy stem plant will not rot if you leave a few leaves on the bottom. I've been doing it for many years and have never had a problem.


Daemonfly,

H. callitrichoides isn't a true aquatic, so it can and does root to feed. It's just so small that it doesn't take much to knock it loose from the substrate when it's newly planted, so anchoring it can really help, especially if, like me, you have problem children-fish that like to pull up what you just planted. :x
 

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All of our aquatic plants (except for floating plants of course) can feed from both the substrate and the water column...

Carlos
 
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