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    Default Weighing down plants in ACF/ADF Tanks

    Reposting a picture tutorial I put together for a member demonstrating how I weigh down plants in ACF tanks to keep them from being uprooted and scattered about. I find that an oval, slightly irregularly shaped rock works best. The nocks and crannies in the rock help grip the thread and hold it in place. The thread tends to slip off a rock that is too round.

    I used red thread in the tutorial so in the steps it would be clear, but normally I would use a tan or black thread so it would not stand out in the tank. You can also use fishing line. Base it on what works best with your substrate.

    Step 1. Lay out plant, rock, thread, and scissors.


    Step 2. Twist the thread around and around the base of the plant. This helps anchor the plant.


    Step 3. Spread roots. Nestle rock up in the center. Keep in mind of a flat bottom so that the plant will stand upright in the tank.


    Step 4. Wrap roots around rock.


    Step 5. Secure with thread. Crisscross with thread to bind roots to rock. You can leave a few roots out if you want. Some plant species cannot have the root system fully submerged and need to have runners on top of the surface.



    This is what the bottom of the rock looks like.




    Feel free to post similar tips/tricks you have done!
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    Default Weighing down plants in ACF/ADF Tanks

    Great tips!
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    Default Re: Weighing down plants in ACF/ADF Tanks

    ... I wonder why I never thought of this*g*
    Thank you very much, IŽll try this for sure!

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    Default Re: Weighing down plants in ACF/ADF Tanks

    Unfortunately still does not stop african clawed frogs from biting and clawing plants to death lol

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    Default Re: Weighing down plants in ACF/ADF Tanks

    Yes, unfortunately we cannot stop them from being gluttons who lunge/bite at every movement. If someone can ever find a way to do THAT, I'd love to hear it
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    Default Re: Weighing down plants in ACF/ADF Tanks

    I know I don't keep acf's, but to make aquascaping easier in my planted tanks, I would super glue rhizome plants like bolbitis and java ferns to rocks. rubber bands also work, but they rot and fall off and could get nasty for the frogs.
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    Default Re: Weighing down plants in ACF/ADF Tanks

    This may sound dumb, but do you ever plant them in some terra cotta? If so is the terra cotta found at hardware stores acceptable for the tank?
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    Default Re: Weighing down plants in ACF/ADF Tanks

    What is really the best way to "plant" them? I know how to weight them down, but right now my tank is full and isn't using any substrate.
    Would it be too late to add some sand and get some plants in?
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