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Hi,
I recently bought a couple plants for my aquarium and im wondering do I need to remove the metal tie and sponge that are bound around the plants?
the thing which stores use to bunch together plants.

Do I have to remove that, then plant the plant?
or do i leave it and just shove the plant in the substrate?

also, is 80F too hot?
I've got an arowana in the tank and it likes hot water.

the plants i bought are ROTALA SP. 'COLORATA'... i think
http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/...ails.php?id=224&category=difficulty&spec=Easy

LUDWIGIA OVALIS
http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/...tails.php?id=94&category=plant_type&spec=Stem

and a jungle val or something
 

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Yes, remove the metal ties and such. Is one plant potted? If it is the material that is around the roots is called rock wool. All those need to be removed. Plant each plant/stem about 1/4" spacing. That way when you trim you will have room for the light to get to the each stem.

Both of these plants will get more color with high light. If you have medium light they will still do fine - just not have as much color.

I think 80 is at the top of their range, though I'm not quite sure.
 

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Can you please share the specs of your tank? Size, Filter, Lights, Water change frequency, Substrate, etc.
 
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