New Member ? How to plant without making a mess of the substrate - The Planted Tank Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 07-08-2013, 04:37 PM Thread Starter
Algae Grower
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Midwest
Posts: 8
New Member ? How to plant without making a mess of the substrate

I doing my first tank. It will be a 29 gallon Walstad tank I am following the directions from the "Ecology of the Planted Aquarium". I have filter sand and MGPS. The book gave directions to set up the tank with 3 inches of water and let it sit for a day. There is no mention of planting directions. My water is clear I made sure to put a piece of plastic over the substrate when I added the 3 inches of water so it would not stir up or cloud. I want a nice clean layer of sand without dirt leaching through. How do I plant and make the plants stay put. I have some plant anchors but from looking at them I don't see how they could be heavy enough to keep the plants in place.

Oh and also
Unfortunately, most of my plants arrived unlabeled. The ones I can identify are the Amazon swords how deep do they get planted? (I will have try to identify the rest but at least I can start planting the swords)
Sophia is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 07-08-2013, 05:31 PM
Planted Member
AguaTropical's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Fort Collins, CO
Posts: 267
Your best bet will be to get planting pinsettes, or long tweezers.

If you have a harbor freight near you, you can pick up a 6 pack of tweezers for about $4. Although since your tank is taller, I recommend checking the FS section on TPT and buy some 12"+ pinsettes for planting...I bought mine from nilocg, but there are many other people who sell them for about $10-$15

I literally love my aquarium(s).

20L Rimless
40G Breeder Tank
AguaTropical is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome