Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Freshwater > Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 06-17-2013, 02:52 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Coel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: State college, pa
Posts: 440
are tooth picks safe?

title says it all. can i use toothpicks to help hold small plants down while they build their initial roots?
__________________

__________________
Coel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-2013, 02:54 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
reefdiver's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: LittleRock
Posts: 1,033
I don't think you need them. What kind of plants are you trying to hold down?
__________________

__________________
reefdiver is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-2013, 03:02 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Coel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: State college, pa
Posts: 440
Dwarf baby tears and only for a few days the mats had very dense roots
__________________
Coel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-2013, 03:07 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
reefdiver's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: LittleRock
Posts: 1,033
I think they will do ok. It will take some time for them to decompose
__________________
reefdiver is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-2013, 06:56 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Rivercats's Avatar



POTM Champion
Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Missouri
Posts: 13,146
I've used them before with that but you will find they will work out of the substrate. The best way to plant HC is break the pieces into small 1/2" clumps and just stick them into the substrate. Plant them about 1/2" to 3/4" apart in a checkerboard pattern as this will actually help them fill in faster.
__________________
Rivercats 220g planted tank
Rivercats is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-2013, 07:06 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Coel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: State college, pa
Posts: 440
Thanks rivercats. Take a look Coel's 75G build does that look right?
__________________
Coel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-2013, 07:22 PM   #7
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
dragonfisher33's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Atlanta, GA
Posts: 1,963
you can break the HC mat a little more to cover more ground. but other than that you've got the right idea
__________________
dragonfisher33 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-2013, 07:30 PM   #8
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Coel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: State college, pa
Posts: 440
Thanks I will decide that tomorrow I spent enough time playing fish boy today
__________________
Coel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-18-2013, 01:40 PM   #9
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Rivercats's Avatar



POTM Champion
Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Missouri
Posts: 13,146
Quote:
Originally Posted by Coel View Post
Thanks rivercats. Take a look Coel's 75G build does that look right?
I agree you should break those HC clumps up more and plant them checkerboard pattern as they really will grow better and fill in faster.
__________________
Rivercats 220g planted tank
Rivercats is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-18-2013, 01:54 PM   #10
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Coel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: State college, pa
Posts: 440
Looks like I got some work to do I will post a nee picture in my build thread
__________________

__________________
Coel is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
safe

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off








» Photo Contest Winners







All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:24 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
×