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Coconut Fiber for Emersed?

I have a lot of Eco-Earth, which is just compressed coconut fiber for reptiles, and I was wondering if I could use it in my riparium setup for my Fire Belly Newts. I have a mesh slope that I would take the gravel out of the top of it and put in substrate that would be underwater but still contained by the mesh.

The space is very small but I'd like to put down moss and a couple of very small plants or at least plants that will stay low.

This is the tank I have currently. This is a 20 High gallon tank. There's about six inches from the land portion that I want to put in coconut fiber and grow emersed plants. I also want something that will cover the mesh. -

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I had a 55 gallon set up like that a couple of years ago. I just that Eco-earth stuff for the land part which was covered in rocks later on. I had half land and half water. My firebellied toads and newts seemed fine. Not saying it was right as back them I didn't even know to check the water parameters in tanks but the frogs and newts lived for about 2 years in that setup then got rid of them.
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Did you have any plants in it?

I'm asking if it will work for plants.
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I don't think it would have many nutrients in the fiber. However, if you just add a tad of ferts, you should be fine. Another thing you could use is peat. I use it in my emersed tanks. Works like a charm.


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What kind of ferts? I'm new to this... I was thinking maybe root tabs? I don't know how well that would work in fiber, though. Should I add something else to the fiber?
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Did you have any plants in it?

I'm asking if it will work for plants.
Yeah. I had some bamboo on the land part and in the water I had one huge plant and to this day I still don't know what it was but I bought it from Petco in one of those tubes. It always reminded me of a water Lily though. I nevered used fertilizer then lol didnt even what it was then or what I was doing but everything grew in there to the point I had to constantly trim everything.
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It will work but there's virtually zero nutrients in there.

You're better off just letting plants root into the gravel.

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