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Old 04-17-2011, 12:25 PM   #31 
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@Littlebitty Did it melt? I've heard that it will often melt when you first put it in and then it will shoot up with new plants. How much light do you have? Are you using fertilizer tabs?
Maybe that is what happened...I have tried this plant in the past and it only lasts a few weeks...I have a lot of different types of plants...red ludwigia...wisteria...camboma furcata...amazonsword plants..anubias..java moss..all ook...but as soon as I try to grow anacharis it dies!
It "melts" and its little leaves pollute the floor my my tank and turn my water a light green tint...every time! I took them out...again...I believe this will be my last attempt with anacharis..I have at least wasted 15 dollars on this plant so far...
I do like the way it looks in other peoples tanks though...Maybe it is my water or maybe it is temperature sensitive?
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Old 04-17-2011, 12:28 PM   #32 
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Depends On what you want to plant :) gravel and sand work great. If you have bottom feeders, opt for sand our really fine gravel. Using sand limits some of what you can plant into it, though gavel usually when if its rather fine will not.

How thick should it be on average? Thanks for the info so far.
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Old 04-17-2011, 12:35 PM   #33 
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@Littlebitty I'd just stick with what you have. I had one melt once too. OMG, what a mess. :P I didn't have the patience for it.
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Old 04-17-2011, 12:54 PM   #34 
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I ended up moving my snail to my new boy's tank for a little to eat some of the bits of anacharis I was having trouble getting out. I have decided Robin will definitely not be getting any tank mates after that, little bugger has a scrape on his head from trying to eat the snail's little tentacle dealies
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Old 04-17-2011, 04:54 PM   #35 
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I am very glad that you wrote this thread! I have no experience with aquatic plants so this will be very helpful to me when I finally get some:)
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How thick should it be on average? Thanks for the info so far.
Depends on what you want, really! I know that vague, but some people like less, others more. I only have about an inch or so. Some really good looking plants, like amazon sword, (and all swords, really..) need a large amount of space in depth and length to root, so perhaps opt for about three inches worth of whatever youre going to try to do. It would look really nice with that much.
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Old 04-17-2011, 10:14 PM   #36 
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Question fertilizer question

PewPewPew-since I am currently cycling my tank, is it still okay to add the fertilizer? I have the Seachem Flourish. I don't want to ruin my cycle as I feel I am at midway and definitly don't want to start over
I am having that same problem with the anacharis melting and making a mess in the bottom of my tank. Just wondering if it is a lack of nutrients??
Thanks again for the wealth of info in this thread!
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Old 04-17-2011, 10:41 PM   #37 
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Ive never had mine melt before! Are you sure its MELTING and not DYING/ROTTING? Because when it grows old and dies, it looks pale and rotten and stringy. Remove these parts, if you want/can. Thats what I do, because itll just rot further.

I dont think the fertilizer will hurt, Im not 100% sure on that, but I still use it! I'd say that since you can after its done, you can while its in the process.
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Makes sense to me! Thank you!
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Old 04-18-2011, 02:04 AM   #40 
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What kind of Flouresent lights are you using in your planted tanks? I don't want to pick up the wrong light.
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