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Old 04-21-2016, 09:32 PM   #81
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Cool! Are you looking for a floating plant? I love frogbit, it has slightly larger leaves(about 1") compared to duckweed and much nicer roots!

Do you have a full front tank shot?
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Old 04-29-2016, 04:12 PM   #82
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I decided to go with giant hair grass. I also put a large portion of hornwort into the tank for surface cover.

I found a great cholla wood source (easy being in arizona - got over 10 feet for $10) and have an idea. I'm removing most of the dwarf lily bulbs to another tank and am going to surround each giant hairgrass pot with cholla wood. 5 plant pots total, creating a sort of cholla wood city scape for my shrimp.

Does anyone know if I MUST remove the plants from the rockwool?

Also, how long will the cholla wood last underwater? Once the grass grows through it, I'm wondering how hard it will be to replace the wood.

Most importantly, will the giant hairgrass grow under medium lighting?

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As far as I am aware, you do not HAVE to remove the rockwool It is a growing medium and the plants roots might have a little issue growing through the basket and through the Cholla but after it gets growing it shold be fine getting into the substrate.

My hair grass died with lower medium light. It was a bit to the back corner. But make sure it is as close to right under the brightest part of the light possible.

You could always add a daylight spot light (clamp lights are economical) with a plant proper K rating to give it a boost. Probably get the bulb for $5 and the clamp light for ~$10. (used for maybe $2. thrift store, yard sale, or habitat for humanity ReStore)

The Cholla pot idea is great. It is hard to find nice sized Cholla with a diamerter of 2-4". Maybe an idea for supplemental income for all of us NOT living in AZ.

Oh and it does last for years - had some for 3 years.
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Old 05-05-2016, 05:50 PM   #84
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Awesome advice thank you! One thing though, will boiling the wood make it sink faster? I've had the cholla soaking for at least a week and it's all still floating. I've changed the water everyday to get rid of the tannins and such, I'm just curious how long it will take as I can't put it in the tank until it's sinking.

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Good question, it might, you'll have to try it out!
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Setting up a new Cory tank 90g

I did not boil the cholla wood but let it float in the tank. It floated for about a week or two then slowly started to sink. You can soak it in a bucket of water if you don't want to hear it clank-clank around the tank (while it's still floating around).


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You can add some stones against it or tie them on to hold it down (cut them off later). I had some that floated forever it seemed. It was an odd shape half so maybe not too heavy, the Betta liked it.
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I'm still trying to figure a way to tie the wood down with rock but the manner in which I secured them together makes it interesting. I might have luck sticking a stone into each piece. in the pic you can see they are tied together in a circle more or less, where I'll place a plant in the center. So I'm trying to get the entire structure to sink

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You could try a slice of slate attached with a stainless screw and / or some silicone.

Or file a dent in the sides of the slate across /opposite eachother, using the indentation to hold the thread / string in place to tie it arond the Cholla. Depends on the extent of kinds of tools you have access to. Thinking out loud.
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