Securing HC to substrate

Gerryd

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Hey all,

I recently purchased 3 pots of HC.

I divided each pot into 4 sections and removed most of the rock wool.

I then used a paper clip bent into a U shape to pin the HC to the substrate (black flourite) until it gets a chance to secure itself.

I am hoping it would only br 10-14 days.............?????

Anybody think this will be an issue? Will the clip be bad for the water or inhabitants?

Anybody have a better idea to secure HC until it attaches?

How long WILL it take?????

Thanks,
 

Chiya

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Hi Gerry,

I'm using a different substrate from you, but the grain size's about the same. (2-3mm)

For planting HC, I separate them as much as I can, about 5 stalks per cluster. Then I plant them very deep into the substrate with a pair of tweezers, leaving only the leaves above the soil.
*remember not to crush the roots/stems. A previous experience resulted in them melting very quickly.

With the above planting, I'm able to spot growth within 2 weeks.
I use approx 72W on a 30G.

P.S. I'd think the paper clip might be bad. I've seen badly rusted paper clips in toilet bowls.

Regards,
Ryan
 

ibnozn

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I'd suspect clumps that big would still want to lift off after only two weeks and any new leaves would also make the clumps even more bouyant.

I only plant a few sprigs together at a time using thin tipped tweezers. Push them down in, release and twist the tweezers around a bit so the substrate falls in around the plant before you pull the tweezers back out.