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Question How do I plant plants into sand?

Hello, I am new to aquascaping and would love any tips or advice!

Anyways, I was purchased Flourite Black Sand (pic attached) and set it up in my 10 gal tank. I was thinking of starting off with some java fern and anubis plants since those are easy to take care of (of what I heard). How do I plant them correctly? Should I use Florish Glue and how would I use that?

Any other tips and advice about what other plants I could add, other aquascaping tips, etc is welcome!
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Hello, welcome to the hobby and the planed tank! Anubias and Java Fern are both epiphytic(did I spell that right?)plants, meaning they are best attached to hardscape eg. driftwood and rocks. Also, don't waste your money on flourish glue. Superglue has the same ingredients for a fraction of the price. You will also want a mild fertilizer for the plants. How many plants do you have? Anubias and java fern are not so good for newly set up tanks as they are very susceptible to algae. Hydrocotyle leucocephala (AKA Brazilian pennywort). It grows fast, looks kinda nice, and is very hardy. As for aquascaping, always slope the tank. In your case with sand, I would slope back to front so detritus and uneaten food rolls to the front so you can see and remove it. Do you know about the nitrogen cycle?

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Java fern and anubias roots will grow into the sand so if you dont want to try and attach them to something it can work. Just make sure the rhizomes (big root/stem portion) are above the sand. The java fern is a pretty hardy plant IMHO and should be a good beginner plant (atleast it was for me).
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