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Old 11-10-2010, 02:33 PM   #1 
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Got my Plants, and some Questions

Just got my live plants--finally--from Heather (she accidentally sent them to my billing address, poor things spent 5 days in a box), and planted them in my 5-gallon Hawkeye. They're mostly in good shape, so far, time will tell though.

I'm using eco-complete, and have it spread around 1.5-2inches throughout the tank, and am wondering if I should add more.

No pictures, sorry! Need to borrow my roommate's camera first!

Also, how can I tell if my dwarf lily plant bulb is dead? It came sprouted and all, but since the leaves are red it's hard to tell if it survived the shipping...

Hoping to get a betta fish this Saturday--my one died last night, poor sickly thing.
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Old 11-10-2010, 05:34 PM   #2 
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Ended up adding another .5-.75 inches of ecocomplete to the tank, now it looks fine.

The plants look like they are in fantastic condition, for spending 5 days in a box. Can't wait to get a fish in there :) I took some pics, just need my roommate to send em to me (hopefully tomorrow).
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Old 11-10-2010, 05:40 PM   #3 
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2 to 3 inches is fine for ecocomplete. I don't really know anything about the lilies but I'd think as long as there's no discoloration and the leaves are firm, it would be fine. Happy fish hunting. :)
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Old 11-11-2010, 11:04 AM   #4 
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I got plants from her too, they're absolutely gorgeous, aren't they? *-*

I don't know anything about lilies, though, but what Vaygirl said sounds right. Have you tried looking up some photos of sprouted bulbs?
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Old 11-11-2010, 12:19 PM   #5 
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I LOVE Heather's plants!!! They always come in such good shape! :)
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Old 11-11-2010, 12:37 PM   #6 
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I ordered some Bacopa from her, and when it arrived it had a /ton/ of roots, growing out of each stem joint. It says the plant can grow horizontally in the right light, I'm wondering if I should plant these roots as well?

I currently have it planted vertically, with the roots on the higher parts of the stems floating around. Will it eventually tilt downwards on its own, if the lighting is what it wants? Or should I just plant it that way, since the roots are already there?

And yeah :) her plants are fantastic, and in solid shape for considering how long they spent in shipping due to them being sent to the wrong address.
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Old 11-11-2010, 02:25 PM   #7 
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Finally got some photos.

The driftwood came matted with Riccia Fluitans.
The rooty-plant is the Bacopa Australis.
The leafy plant left of the driftwood is a Hygrophila Stricta.
The center reddish-plant is the Dwarf Lily bulb.
The plant behind the tiki-cave-thing is a /lot/ of Wisteria.

Last shot is because I lowered the drift wood a bit, so it's not as high up.

And I have a pretty pick sponge-baffle, lol. Now I need a fish xD

But see what I mean about the Bacopa having a ton of extra roots? Should I plant those in the substrate as well?
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Old 11-12-2010, 03:08 AM   #8 
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Who in the heck is Heather? XD Does she sell at reasonable prices? =]

Your tank looks marvelous! <3 I LOVE the plants you chose and I love those fancy speckled marbles you have in there! <3
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Old 11-12-2010, 10:21 AM   #9 
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Thanks :)

I laid the pebbles on gently after I planted the plants in the substrate. There are some pieces of Mediterranean glass in there, also--ground smooth by the ocean. And they're super clear, never fear.

As for Heather, she's the owner of www.plantedaquariumscentral.com

She charges cheaper than those plant tubes, gives you 10times more, and they're always healthy and snail free. The shipping is the expensive part :) But it was $15 for me, so not too bad.

Any advice on the Bacopa? The one with all the roots.
My dwarf lily is doing great, now, after a couple days--woke up to turn the light on this morning, and all it's leaves are stretching out as far as they can. Pretty cute!
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Old 11-12-2010, 10:40 AM   #10 
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Ah! ok! =] That's where I'm gonna get mine from! =]
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