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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-13-2012, 08:12 PM Thread Starter
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Do these work?

I found these little packs, and thought they seemed like a good deal. I grabbed the ones with the most bulbs in each. I want live plants, however, I don't know if they work or are good or if it would be a terrible idea to put them in my tank. I also wanted an opinion on weather I should grow them in a separate tank and transfer them. Opinions? Previous experience?
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They can be a hit and miss, but work sometimes. I have the first in my planted tank right now, and it's growing beautifully. It grow even when I had low lighting and no fertilizer.

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So should I grow them in my quarantine tank first?
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So should I grow them in my quarantine tank first?
Yes. I grew mine in fish bowl before I added them to my tank.

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wow I never saw those before! Were they cheaper than live plants?

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I got them at Wal-Mart. They were like $3 or so.
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They can be a hit and miss, but work sometimes. I have the first in my planted tank right now, and it's growing beautifully. It grow even when I had low lighting and no fertilizer.
what kind was it?
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I've had a lot of luck with my bulbs, but they came in a mixed variety pack. Onions, lily, and aponogeton. Both of my lilies grew, and are thriving. My onions grew VERY quickly, but are kind'a dying back. Not sure why. Only 50% of my aponogetons grew, but the ones that did are doing great. I throw mine into my tank while its cycling, so there's lots of nitrogen available for the bulbs to absorb. The directions tend to say to bury them, but I've had more luck just tossing them in. Whatever you do, make sure there's nutrients for the bulbs.

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should fertilizers be used from the start?
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I didn't use fertilizers, but if you're just dropping them in an empty bowl with water, I'd add at least a little if you have some. If they're going in a tank right away, they should be ok. If its a planted tank, just dose it like you normally would whenever your schedule tells you to. If there's no nutrients, there's no reason to believe it'll grow (unless you naturally have ammonia, nitrite, or nitrate in your tap).

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