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Jeremy Harrison
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Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Friday, April 07, 2006 - 12:25 am:       

I am trying to keep hornwort and cabomba in a 10G tank that i am using for breeding. My problem is that they keep dying on me and I have to keep replacing them. Any suggestions for ways to keep these plants alive?? Fertilization??
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compensate
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Post Number: 179
Registered: 03-2006
Posted on Friday, April 07, 2006 - 08:02 am:       

Hornwort is usually an easy plant to grow . . . not sure about cabomba - never used it.

What are your water conditions? Things like temperature, pH, hardness, alkalinity, etc. are very important.

How often are fish actually in the tank? Only seasonal?

Have you ever used water-column fertilizers?

How often do you change water?

Etc. . .

More details are needed.
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sully
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Posted on Friday, April 07, 2006 - 08:56 am:       

anacharis

that stuff will grow just floating in a tank.
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compensate
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Post Number: 185
Registered: 03-2006
Posted on Friday, April 07, 2006 - 10:32 am:       

sully, I have killed anacharis many times when other plants (hornwort, Amazon sword, banana plant, etc.) were thriving. I don't know what it is about that plant, but I don't like it. And it is VERY messy when it starts dying.

I have seen some others here express the same low opinion of anacharis.

Maybe a few of us have auras that adversely affect only anacharis and not other supposedly easy-to-grow plants?
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Erin
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Registered: 04-2004


Posted on Friday, April 07, 2006 - 10:42 am:       

I think the problem lies in the usually poor condition of anacharis when it comes out of the retailers tank. Once it starts to go down hill it's tought to stop. The anacharis I've seen floating in retailers tanks has always been in terrible shape and half dead already.
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Jeremy Harrison
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Posted on Friday, April 07, 2006 - 11:17 am:       

do a 25% water change every 3 weeks. temp is about 28 C or 82 F have not done a check recently on the ph alkalinity or hardness although i do add salt to the water at a rate of 2 tablespoons for the 10G fish are constantly in there.. have a guppies(usually just feeders) a pleco, 2 little corys, and a couple feeder rosy red minnows currently
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compensate
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Posted on Friday, April 07, 2006 - 12:17 pm:       

I would suggest increasing your water changes to a bare minimum of 25% every TWO weeks, but I would strongly recommend at least 25% every week.

Many here change water 50% every week (or more).

Also, salt will kill MANY freshwater plants. That is your probable culprit in plant death. Get rid of the salt, and I'll bet your plants improve very quickly.
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Erin
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Posted on Friday, April 07, 2006 - 12:29 pm:       

Absolutly salt will do it.
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sully
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Posted on Friday, April 07, 2006 - 01:43 pm:       

i guess i am lucky with anacharis. stuff must like the water in the midwest. could not kill it even with worst neglect. and, if i got some bad stuff i just plunked it into the substrate and waited. it came back strong. took a few weeks to a month but away it went.
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compensate
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Post Number: 188
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Posted on Friday, April 07, 2006 - 03:12 pm:       

Sully, you are the anacharis lizard king! (Jim Morrison reference)

That stuff hates me - I think it's personal . . .
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SharkMan
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Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Saturday, April 08, 2006 - 12:26 am:       

thanks for the input... i will definately give it a shot without the salt...
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Erin
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Posted on Sunday, April 09, 2006 - 08:59 am:       

Your not alone Compensate.
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compensate
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Post Number: 190
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Posted on Sunday, April 09, 2006 - 09:36 am:       

By the way, I was in a PetSmart buying plants yesterday (my closest PetSmart is actually pretty decent) and I was discussing anacharis with a pretty knowledgable "lead" pet specialist. She also said she did not like anacharis and could never get it to grow very easily. She also added that she felt anacharis was best for ponds.
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sully
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Posted on Sunday, April 09, 2006 - 07:02 pm:       

i agree it is best as a pond plant. maybe it did well with me is that i tended to let it float. it was right up top, next to light.
"I usually read the obituaries first. There is always the happy chance that one of them will make my day." -- Richard Ames
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compensate
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Post Number: 195
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Posted on Monday, April 10, 2006 - 08:35 am:       

Agreed. I always planted mine in the gravel and could never get it to grow.
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