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  1. I want these im afraid they may not grow here’s why: - i do not ever use fertilizer or root tabs in my aquariums ever. If a plant needs something I remove it to a cup on my windowsill with equilibrium and easy green I keep nitrate below 20 and am not willing to go higher. Plants are filter media to me I am a terrible aquascaper anyway 🤣 -if all plants need I will add 1/8 dose of equilibrium only into tank -no co2 - I allow nothing to root in substrate…I recently went bare bottom on the 4 I want this for the fifth it will be suction cupped to a wall. The four I do have flat planters with gravel that they will sit on top of gravel (see pictures) but those get vacuumed out regularly hard water 7.4-7.6 ph all tanks I use hygger lights full power 8 hrs 50% power 3 more hours but keep the red and blue off at all times. Algae never grows that way. Brown diatom comes even after years because of my sourcevwater which is about 10-15 nitrate sometimes 20-25 hate those times. Temp 77-78 things that readily grow for me hornwort Brazilian pennywort wisteria Asian fern super red ludwiga repens cardinal swords anubias Java fern moneywort lemon bacopa(sometimes) things that don’t red root floaters frogbit duckweed (yup what I don’t kill my kids eat) sprite tries but hates me bacopa Carolina mint Charlie I am asking because I am not willing to change things for a plant but this will be a large order and I don’t want to waste money on things that won’t do well Thank you in advance to all you aquascaping plant superstars (I am not🤣) here are the planters that plants sit on top of
  2. I got a total of 7 octopus stems from the coop a week ago. Each plant is as much as 10" tall above the roots. (They were planted in rock wool.) I want to grow it floating, so it seems smart to prompt those long stems to grow roots in more locations, rather than just on 1 end. Is there a foolproof way to do that?
  3. I have had this Pogostemon Stellatus Octopus for about 2 months now. The leaves have all been coming in yellow and very thin and in some cases very warped. I have root tabs from Seachem in the substrate and I have been using easy green once a week. They grow like weeds but don't respond well to trimming and have this color/size issue with the leaves. Is there anything I can try to help my plants?
  4. Hi all, Started a new tank a little over a week ago. I inserted root tabs when I set it up and added fertilizer about six days later. I am wondering if this is just standard melt from new plants or if this pogostemum is in more dire shape. There are other plants in the tank but they seem to be doing a bit better with less melt. This tank has a lot of tannins from the driftwood. Long term I plan to just reduce it with water changes but I’m wondering if it could be affecting anything now in terms of lighting. The tank is pretty dark from it. Should I do a water change or just let it ride? Other posts I’ve read suggested waiting on water changes when cycling if possible.
  5. Bought this stem plant (Pogostemon Stellatus Octopus) a couple weeks ago and kept it floating. Looked great and healthy when we got it but basically disintegrated. We haven't been dosing with Easy Green as our nitrates are staying at 40 ppm without it. Trying to get those down so we can use a fert again. Just purchased a new light for the aquarium as it doesn't get any natural light and we wondered if the kit lights just weren't enough. Our plants are growing pretty slowly overall. Any other ideas of what could cause this?
  6. It looks like I have a problem with my Pogostemon Stellatus 'Octopus'. One plant it looks like the bottom side of the leaves are turning a off white color and the bottom of one has black spots on it. Any ideas?
  7. I have an established planted 20Gal tank with Java fern, Java moss, Anubia and , Amazon sword. I have 8 neon tetras and some Nerite snails and shrimps living in this tank. I have used CaribSea Eco Complete as Substrate and i supplement this with few drops of Flourish Seachem when i do the weekly water change. Few weeks back i bought Pogostemon Octopus (this should survive with the existing Lighting i have) and planted them in the tank. Within few days it starting shedding the leaves and within 10-14 days the plant started disintegrating. I had planted 6 of these and none of them survived. I have a Finnex Stingray 2 Aquarium LED Light, Blue Fish Moonlights, 24", Silver for lighting. FLuval E series Heater(E100). Any pointers on why the plants didnt survive? Thanks
  8. New setup, Fluval Flex 15. Substrate is 2-3” of Seachem Flourite Dark. I’ve got some dragon stone and 2 pieces of Mopani Driftwood. The wood was boiled multiple times and soaked and the substrate cleaned thoroughly before going into the tank. No issues with cloudy water. I planted the following when I setup the tank. 1 pot of Anubias Nana (AN). 1 pot of Anubias Nana Petite (ANP). 2 pot of Cryptocoryne Lucens (CL). 2 pot of Bacopa Caroliniana (BC). 1 pot of Pogostemon Stellatus Octopus (PSO). All the plants looked strong and healthy when they arrived. I’m almost 4 ½ weeks in the Anubias’s and CL look like they’re doing ok. I broke up the BC & PSO during planting to spread the plants around a bit and all but one of the BC’s are dead. 3 of the 5 PSO’s are dead and the remaining two are not looking great. After two weeks I added 8 Cardinal Tetra’s, 7 have made it. The one that died kicked it within the first 2 hours of being introduced into the tank. Frankly I was surprised made it from my local fish store, I took their last 8 but they only charged me for 7 cause this guy looked terrible. Since introducing the fish Ammonia is stable at .25ppm. NO2 was also at .25ppm but just dropped to zero yesterday. Still no NO3 yet. Weekly water changes. Feeding fish only once a day. pH is 7.4. GH is 4. KH is 5. I used Seachem Flourish Tabs when setting up the tank for my stem feeders and Seachem Flourish & Flourish Iron for the leaf feeders. For the first 3 weeks I used the minimum dosage for the Flourish because I didn’t consider what I put in a lot of plants and I didn’t want to fight algae. Now I’m wondering if it wasn’t enough nutrients since my BC & PSO are looking like they might be a total loss. A week and a half ago I slightly increased the Flourish dosage. Still no issues with algae. So I’m ordering more LC & PSO (2 pots each) because I love them in my tank. I’m also ordering a Java Fern to try out because I’ve had great luck so far with the water feeders. Any tips on keeping the PSO’s from dying on me? This time I’m getting two pots and will drop them in as bunches, hoping that will do the trick. I’ll also add more Flourish tab’s in the area for these guys. Appreciate any tips or suggestions.
  9. First planted aquarium. I clearly didn't buy enough plants for the 60. Got some rocks I found along the road for decor. (tested safe) Hoping they all survive. Got some dwarf baby tears and water sprite coming soon. Anubias will be planted in an easy planter.
  10. I just ordered a Brazilian Pennywort and Pogostemon Stellatus Octopus for background in 29gal. Any tips on planting or propagation? Should I be separating stems before planting? Edit: Ordered from Aquarium Co-op of course
  11. As the headline reads, my “Octopus” plant is losing leaves. The plant has exploded in growth in the two months it has been in my tank. Last week, I noticed one of it’s leaves floating around in the tank. I didn’t think much about it at first but now I’m seeing more. Not a deforestation but right now I see three or four floating around. The plant looks very healthy, probably the healthiest plant in the tank. I’ve got very hard water and high Ph in this Lake Tanganyikan tank. Ammonia and nitrites are always zero, nitrates usually between 20 to 30 ppm. I use Easy Green liquid once a week after water change and Easy Root cap when planted in October. What to do
  12. Hey Folks, I'm looking for help identifying this plant. The LFS calls it Stricta but from what I've googled, it is not that. I love that it grows easily and l looks nice when kept heavily pruned down. I like the long flowing leaves. My fish love swimming through it. If you let it grow it will get very thick and would be great for fry to hid in. Here is the overall picture. It's the tall stem plant. Here is a close up of one of the nodes. It has four leaves coming out of each one. Here is a close up of the top. It shows a couple of 'branches' coming out of the node. The plant will fork at the node below where it has been trimmed. This pic shows it growing like crazy in my other tank. I have to trim it back every couple of weeks or it will take over that half of the tank. It does not propagate by runners, thankfully. It propagates very easily by sniping it off above any node and shoving the stem in the substrate. It roots right away from the node above the cut and in the gravel. It grows very tall so could be a good choice for tall tanks. The down side is how often it needs to be pruned back. If I were to start it over again, I would grow it in clumps of three. When it gets tall, you can cut one stem back severely. By the time it comes to cut another one down, the first one will likely be already half grown. I would recommend this to any beginner as a bullet proof plant to gain confidence in and see great growth. What is it???
  13. Do these plants bloom? I just put 4 stems in a week ago and have what appear to be buds at the top.
  14. Thank you in advance for any advice. This is a 10 gallon tank, with a betta and nine neon tetras. There are a number of small ramshorn snails. The substrate is Seachem flourite. It has been set up for 4 months, so more time needed for a good balance. 30% water change weekly. 2 pumps of easy green after the water change. Lights are on 8.5 hours. Currently no signs of algae. Current water parameters Ammonia - 0 ppm (API Liquid Test) Nitrite - 0 ppm (API Liquid Test) Nitrate - 30 ppm (API Liquid Test) PH - 7.8 (API Liquid Test) KH - 60 ppm ( API test strip) GH - 80-100 ppm (API Test Strip) I have a liquid kh/gh test kit on the way. I'm not feeling the test strips. I have three weeks ago added Pothos and let some stow away duckweed do it's thing. I had some staghorn algae which went away about a week later. Recently the Pogostemon Stellatus Octopus started developing pin holes in some of the leaves. From the deficiency charts I'm inclined to think it is a Potassium deficiency. Does that seem correct? I surmise that the pothos and duckweed are sucking up too many nutrients. Right now I am trying to up the easy green to three pumps a week. I started on Saturday, and will keep an eye on over the next few weeks before making another change. Any thoughts on this diagnosis and approach? Would root tabs be more appropriate?
  15. Can someone help me identify what’s growing in my Pogo? Is it brown algae? It’s almost gelatinous in texture and it’s pearling. Its also only on my plants and sponge filter not any other decor. Snails, shrimp, and Hill stream loach don’t seem interested in it. Thanks.
  16. I trimmed down my pogostemen to help it grown denser . I found a leaf a couple weeks later the was growing roots and a couple new leafs. Does this plant normally propagate like that or is it a random thing . It being a stem plant had me thinking it needed a stem to regrow?
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