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    I had a problem with my cabomba constantly being pulled out of the substrate. My solution was to cut off the bottom of a 500ml water bottle, cut two X's on opposite sides and thread stems through each of the X's, cover with substrate. Ends up spacing the plants about an inch apart and stay rooted. They're food quality and about invisible under water.
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    Nice idea...are they buried under the substrate?...once the plant takes root for good, they're going to be permanent
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    Another creative idea. The size of that base makes for good stability.

    When I was planting my Anubias, I used the weighted bases that fake plants had been attached to, which had holes in them that had held the stems. I would thread the roots of the Anubias through those holes, which held the rhizomes on top of the bases, and then I set them onto the substrate, where the roots started growing down into it. Always kept the rhizomes from becoming buried in the substrate when gravel would fall from my siphon during water changes. Now, those bases can't be seen, anymore, completely covered by the prolifically growing plants.

    I had always found that just trying to poke the roots directly into the substrate rarely succeeded in holding them down.

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    Oh, and Ricksza, I plan to use your method the next time I plant a large Amazon Sword. Thanks for sharing your idea.
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    Great idea hahaha.
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    I notice how smooth and clean that bottom has been cut from the bottle. What instrument did you use to achieve such a clean cut? I would think that plastic would splinter, leaving a ragged edge all the way around, and the resulting splintered pieces could eventually detach and become a choking hazard to fish that might try to eat them. What method did you use to cut it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mermaidwannabe View Post
    I notice how smooth and clean that bottom has been cut from the bottle. What instrument did you use to achieve such a clean cut? I would think that plastic would splinter, leaving a ragged edge all the way around, and the resulting splintered pieces could eventually detach and become a choking hazard to fish that might try to eat them. What method did you use to cut it?
    The water bottle bottle is thin and flexible, so just a razor blade. If the ends didn't match, I just trimmed it.

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