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Re: [APD] Hemianthus callitrichoides
Hi Mariano. I have talked to people who also struggled with keeping HC
rooted and it seems as though the solution that works most often is
actually burying the HC just below the surface of the substrate.
Some folks also use tweezers and separate the patch they buy into
individual runners and bury those. Others just tear the patch into a
few pieces and bury those.
Also your substrate will determine how will it stays down. People using
Eco-Complete seem to have an easier time, while those using lighter
substrates have more trouble.
Mariano F. Bonfante wrote:
> I bought recently this plant, which I found very attractive. Four weeks
> later is doing fine, but I find problems keeping it at the bottom. Naturally
> it made runners like two inches long, but with very short roots. Then it is
> common to find it swimming around the tank, since some fish or the same
> pearling bubbles will push it out. My substrate has 2 to 3 mm plain gravel,
> 2 inches thick. At the bottom I have a laterite layer.
> I was suggested to add a plain sand layer in the rooting area, only few
> millimeter high, to make it easer for the plant to attach. But I am afraid
> that using sand will block water in the bottom, rotting the substrate. There
> is also available a courser sand, with1 millimeter diameter average.
> Any comments?.
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