Hello. My new tank is in need of some plants. The only problem is that young plants keep getting uprooted by the current. The current itself is not that strong but is strong enough to slowly maneuver the plants out of the ground. Do I need to stay to a specific type of plant or do I just need to use older plants with well established roots?
March 10, 2011
Depends on how strong the current really is. Most plants don't mind a little current, it's actually good for them. The problem might be that you're not planting them deep enough. If u are and the plants are getting uprooted then u will probably be limited in what plants u can have in that tank.
Do u have extra pumps in the tank or is the filter the only source of water movement?
December 29, 2011
Its really annoying. I agree you probably do need to plant deeper. My BNs have a habit of uprooting new plants in my tank so I've got the hang of getting them in deep. Most plants don't mind.
Also, I usually keep those 'lead' weights from non-potted plants. If I've got a particularly stubborn stem I wrap a piece loosely around high enough on the stem so it sits just above the substrate when the plant is planted. It normally only takes a week or so and then you can take it off. Keep the cut edges tucked in so no harm to the fish and keep it loose so as not to bruise the stem. Remember to take them out though. I don't know if they actually do cause water problems but better not to take the risk.
My filter is the only source of water movement though the fact that it is made for tanks up to 500 litres and my tank is 215 litres it didn't really suprise me to see a current though it is slightly more powerful than I thought it would be. Am I right in thinking as the tank matures the filter will fill with beneficial bacteria thus slowing the flow a little?
I think the problem might be a mix of not planting deep enough and lack of roots as some of the plants are cuttings with only a few roots. If I have this trouble again I'll try michelle's suggestion of using lead weights.
Thanks heaps guys
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