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  1. LancsRick

    Struggling to get riccia to cling to mesh

    I'm maturing a large riccia carpet in a low tech tank. The plant is happy as anything, growing at a rapid rate and showing good colour. I'm struggling though with some bits not staying attached to the mesh. I keep it trimmed weekly, so I wouldn't expect there to be issues with it dying off under...
  2. LancsRick

    Hairgrass and amano shrimp

    Any bright ideas to stop the amano's digging up my ele. acic. when foraging? I'm replanting the hairgrass every single day at the moment since I come home to find the shrimp have been digging through the top layer of substrate, and then the water flow has pulled the plants free! They're a bit...
  3. LancsRick

    Sagittaria subulata - How keep short?

    After several months of apparent dormancy, the sagi. at the front of my Trigon has really taken off, sending out quite a lot of runners and also growing well - great news! I'm keen to keep it relatively short and compact (3-4"), but some of the plants are shooting up to 6-8" already. What's...
  4. LancsRick

    Eleocharis Acicularis - Several months and doesn't appear to have rooted?

    So in my Rio 180 I'm having good success with getting my riccia carpet to establish, and over the last few weeks it's steadily growing in - another couple of months and I should have a full carpet (it's low tech). Good news. What isn't quite so good news is the way I'm struggling with the ele...
  5. LancsRick

    Eleocharis Acicularis seems pale?

    The Ele. Acic that I've got in my Rio 180 downstairs seems to be quite pale when compared to the plants I've got upstairs in my nano. They don't seem to be dying off, or suffering from any melt, they're just really pale. Any thoughts on the cause? Dose all in one ferts, 2x 30W T8s on for 5...
  6. LancsRick

    Elecocharis Acicularis (and mini) - Emersed Start?

    So I'll be setting up a nano this month, and as I made a brew in my kitchen earlier and observed the various bits of Ele. Acic floating around in my Rio 180, I wondered....would an emersed start help avoid this in the nano? My experience with both Ele. Acic and Ele. Acic sp Mini so far has...
  7. LancsRick

    Why is my tiger lotus suddently shooting to the surface?

    My tiger lotus has been a long standing member of my tank for a good few months now. In that time it has grown well, with a good red colour, and I haven't changed anything about light intensity, photoperiod, ferts or temperature. In the last week though, it's started to grow rapidly towards the...
  8. LancsRick

    Does riccia become self-anchoring?

    I'm going to have a bash at a riccia carpet, and have read the article on here about it. I've got one question - the article shows considerable effort in meshing and restraining the original section which is placed in the tank, but no mention after that about restraining it once the riccia has...
  9. LancsRick

    Storing 1-2-Grow Plants?

    I've received some plants today but can't plant until Saturday - do I need to do anything with the 1-2-Grow pot of stauro repens or can I just leave it on the windowsill for a couple of days? Cheers!
  10. LancsRick

    How to plant trimmings with next to no stem?

    I've just got some lovely looking staurogyne repens trimmings from Logi-cat, and now need to plant them. I've never tried planting trimmings like this before (i.e. no roots, and a few mm of stem below the cut), so I was wondering how best to anchor them in my tank? There isn't enough to get a...
  11. LancsRick

    Do some planting - disturb mulm - horrible looking plants

    Ok, I wasn't sure whether to put this in Filters or Plants, so hopefully I chose right! Whenever I do any planting adjustment in my tank, I stir up a load of debris/mulm out of the substrate, which is to be expected. The problem though is that as the tank clears, loads of this debris settles on...