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darla_robe
02-24-2012, 05:04 AM
Does anybody have any creative/effective ways off anchoring my plants in my aquarium? I have a plecostomus who likes to uproot them by simply swimming by. He is 8-9 inches. All my plants are about 4" and it is a 55 gallon tank.

Dacotah7
02-24-2012, 06:00 AM
Does anybody have any creative/effective ways off anchoring my plants in my aquarium? I have a plecostomus who likes to uproot them by simply swimming by. He is 8-9 inches. All my plants are about 4" and it is a 55 gallon tank.

Some things weren't mean to be.

What else do you have in the tank?
Your tank is too small for this pleco. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plecostomus

What Kind of plants and substrate do you have? Some substrates ae light by nature and more difficult to get plants well rooted.. Ideally the plants would get rooted by natural growth. It sounds like they are never in the substrate long enough to make any substaintial progress.

Here are two types of plant anchors, but I doubt they will make much difference:
http://www.aquariumplants.com/SearchResults.asp?Search=plant+anchors&PageAction=PRODSEARCH
The round rubber discs are soft rubber. You can make your own from plastic lids from food tubs, like margerine tubs.

Truly you need a larger tank, or trade the pleco. I think given the size of the pleco you are going to have ongoing probems with plants.

homemadepopcorn
02-24-2012, 06:03 AM
I agree, your tank is a touch too small for a fish that big but given that you asked about plants, lets talk about that.

I've seen a lot of plants come in a type of fiber that eventually disintegrates as it sits in the aquarium... Your best bet is to find some at your local garden store, bound the plants up in it and place then entire thing in the substrate. When all is said and done, there is a solid 2" diameter anchor which runs about 4" deep. Should be enough.

-hP

openbook
02-24-2012, 06:35 AM
Buy some net pots. Most plants are potted in them at the aquarium store. I bought some at a local hydroponic store. Ebay also has them.

nikelodeon79
02-24-2012, 03:11 PM
I put down substrate, then thread the plants' roots through eggcrate, then put down some more substrate on top of that.

I have posted pics in my 75g Mbuna Tank thread (link in my siggie).

Lady Hobbs
02-24-2012, 04:13 PM
I'd get plants on suction cups or add your own. Attach plants to the sides of the tank and on the top rather than on the bottom.

Scrup
02-24-2012, 05:32 PM
I had some luck using fishing line and lead free fishing weights. Put a weight on each end of the line and wrap it around the plant, then bury them. Only worked for so long though. In the end nothing could stand up to the power of a big pleco.

bignellm
02-24-2012, 05:52 PM
Does anybody have any creative/effective ways off anchoring my plants in my aquarium? I have a plecostomus who likes to uproot them by simply swimming by. He is 8-9 inches. All my plants are about 4" and it is a 55 gallon tank.


Well, if one of your plants happens to be Pennywort, this is a fantastic idea I come up with. Can also be done with Plastic Canvas.

DIY Floating Plant Anchor (http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aquariumforum/showthread.php?t=80407)

And yea, don't think Pleco is a good fit for the tank.

darla_robe
02-24-2012, 07:30 PM
Thank you everybody. Yes I know he is large. I plan on upgrading very soon. I found a DIY idea that involves using plastic water bottle bottoms and poking a hole in the center and trying to put the root bulb through it, then the rest of the bottle bottom surrounding it is used as a tray to set my gravel on to keep it down. I was thinking of fishing line with the weight, as well. I thought of suction cups because I would like some plants to be higher, but I dont know how I would go about attaching it to the plant? Do you have a little more info on that?

bignellm
02-24-2012, 07:43 PM
Well depending on the suction cup, you have a few options available.

Google'd Image of Suction Cups link (http://www.google.com/search?q=suction+cups&hl=en&safe=off&prmd=imvns&source=lnms&tbm=isch&ei=m-ZHT92FKeKHsgLRi_nqCA&sa=X&oi=mode_link&ct=mode&cd=2&sqi=2&ved=0CGMQ_AUoAQ&biw=1280&bih=685)

The one used in my DIY, is the one below, pushed through one of those Aquarium Plant Baskets, secured via zipties.
http://image.made-in-china.com/2f0j00AeEtTZbsESoh/Dia37-Suction-Cup-With-Mushroom-Head.jpg

If cleaned up and prepared properly, this bathroom caddy below would perform the job better:
http://www.chinatraderonline.com/files3/2010-11/16/clear-suction-cup-bath-caddies-17035173886.jpg

In fact, I'll probably upgrade to this ^^^^ when I move my Pennywort to my 50 gallon.


Although depending on the plant (pennywort) you can just use some airline suctioncups similar to the one bellow to place the beginning section through the cup and attach to the wall of the tank.
http://factorydirectcraft.com/pimages/20061003105346-969756/welcome_candle_lamp_suction_cups_package_of_6.gif

darla_robe
02-24-2012, 08:04 PM
Wow thank you! I think I'm going to try what seems to be most simple first, which is fishing line and lead free weights. I feel like that would be the most gentle on my plants.

bignellm
02-24-2012, 08:07 PM
YVW. Good luck.

Countrylovin4evr
02-25-2012, 12:20 AM
Hey I finally found the Penn Plax Plant anchors again. They are just metal things that are bendable. They come in a 12 pack but break easily so you can make into extra. It would work nicely to keep plants from floating without having to bury them.
Big Als has them for pretty cheap... like a $1 something. http://www.bigalspets.com/