Getting Plants Ready for Riparium
Got my plants to grow out of the back of my 10g today, a couple of polka dot plants and a "Bella" parlour palm. I was wondering if there's anything special I need to do to get them from the soil to a more hydroponic lifestyle? I imagine I'll want to rinse the roots pretty well to get most of the soil off before I plant them.
Does anyone worry about possible pesticide use on houseplants as well? I asked at the garden centre and they said they didn't know what, if anything, might've been used on them, so she recommended giving them a little bit of fresh water every day for at least 14 days before adding them to the tank to hopefully flush anything out of the system. I'm planning to rinse off the leaves as well, and then I'll run carbon in the filter for a few days after I first put them in, just to be extra cautious.
As far as planting material goes, I haven't totally decided yet - I'm tempted by crushed lava rock or small gravel, but I know plants generally root better into finer particles? Alternatively, what about those expanded clay spheres? I'm going to be getting a HOB breeder box to plant them in, so the livestock shouldn't have direct contact with the planter material, and I'm hoping it'll keep good flow around the roots.
Any thoughts or suggestions would be welcome!