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Old 09-20-2013, 08:25 PM   #1 
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Ok so I bought a new plant

Am I supposed to remove the black piece of plastic at the bottom that has this strange stringy material cocoon in it.
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Old 09-21-2013, 01:35 AM   #2 
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Okay, I'm lost...Can you post a picture?

Is it a stem plant, or a potted plant? If it's in a plastic pot, there will probably be some foam or rockwool around it, just take that out, but the stringiness is what I'm wondering about. You're not talking about the roots are you?

Pictures would really help. :)
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Old 09-21-2013, 11:44 PM   #3 
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I hope this picture helps. It doesn't really show the string foam like material. It is not the roots of the plant but its planted in it. Its an off white color and holds water similar to a sponge or something.
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Old 09-22-2013, 10:15 AM   #4 
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I tested my water this morning and my pH was running high. I thought plants helped keep your pH levels low...
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Old 09-22-2013, 10:27 AM   #5 
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that stuff you're thinking about is rockwool. Carefully peel/tear it off your plants without breaking the roots.
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Old 09-22-2013, 10:33 AM   #6 
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Ok. So the black plastic and the rock wool come off?
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Old 09-22-2013, 03:44 PM   #7 
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Ok. So the black plastic and the rock wool come off?
The wool yes. The black "pot" is optional. Some people use it to help hold down their plant, but my gravel isn't deep enough to cover it so I don't use it.
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Old 09-22-2013, 03:46 PM   #8 
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plant's don't keep your pH low, don't know where you got that one from? Driftwood will help with that though.

And yes, when getting plants you generally remove any lead weights, wool, protectants and pots to plant them in your tank they really aren't useful generally unless you don't have any substrates like gravel/sand/marbles/whatever. But if you've got gravel, there's no need for the pot ^_^
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Old 09-22-2013, 03:50 PM   #9 
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+1 I agree withlilnaugrim.

I would still consider keeping them though if you got weights and had a different plant like Rotala Rotundifolia or something. I always remember mine uprooting from the sand so I just kept the weight. But with a plant like that you wouldn't need too
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