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    I have a 38gal "sorta" planted tank. I can't seem to keep my plants "planted". They keep uprooting. I've even kept the lead weights on from the lfs and still they find a way to come out my substrate. I have like small-med sized gravel and laterite. Any suggestions? I seem to never get my plants to root. I seachem flourish tabs once a month a daily excel and once a week trace and iron. I really love having a planted tank but I'm getting to my wits end, I'm about to go back to fake plants.
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    Try using cyanoacrylate super glue with the led weights!

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    What is your substrate and how deep is it?
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    Which plants do you have?
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    My substrate is med size gravel mixed with Api laterite. It's 2" deep.
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    I have Brazilian penny wort. Water Sprite, rose sword. And a few others I don't remember the name
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    Quote Originally Posted by Asult316 View Post
    I have Brazilian penny wort. Water Sprite, rose sword. And a few others I don't remember the name
    Use the glue I'm telling ya! haha

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    Some fish will uproot stem plants, either by digging or by pulling them out accidentally when they are nibbling on the leaves. They can make it hard for plants to get their root systems established. And some plants just take longer to develop roots. But if you can keep them in place for long enough, most of those plants should develop a good root system in time.

    Since your substrate is fairly shallow, I think the combo of cyanoacrylate super glue and lead weights is a good idea, at least for the stem plants. You can also place rocks around the bases of the plants to discourage digging fish.

    Hopefully your rose sword has a root system on it; when you replant it, dig a wide hole, spread the roots out in the hole, and then cover the roots. It'll stay down better and establish a strong root system faster than if you have its roots all bunched up directly underneath it. Then surround the plant with rocks.

    I should mention that some clown loaches can be very rough on plants as they get bigger. And they do get big:

    (They won't reach this size in a 38 gallon tank, of course. But your loach may very well end up being a bigger fish than you want to have in there.)

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    That's the depth of my substrate.
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