Re: NANFA-- Plant anchors

Sajjad Lateef (
Sat, 3 Jan 2004 08:31:50 -0800 (PST)

I just stick them deep into the sand/gravel. If the substrate
is light (like Profile), I either put some pea gravel around
the stem or use a couple of medium sized rocks to hold down the
plant. Once they take root, the rocks can be removed.

But, the trick is having a deep substrate (3" or more). This
is not going to work if you have a 1/2-1" layer.


--- Stott Noble <> wrote:
> Hi all-
> Has anyone developed a creative method for anchoring stem plants in a
> planted
> native tank? I've always used those lead (actually magnesium I think)
> strips
> that you twist around a bundle of plants and weights them so that
> they sink.
> They all seem to eventually disassociate themselves from the plants
> and work
> their way down into the substrate never to be seen again. (There are
> probably
> twenty-five pounds or so in the bottom of my tanks!) I'm going out
> this
> morning to gather some ludwigia from a local spring but the thought
> of
> stopping off at the LFS to pay $4.99 for .15 worth of magnesium has
> me hoping
> for a better solution. Any thoughts?


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