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Rooted Plants required?

For a substrate consisting of soil and sad, are rooted plants required to prevet the substrate from becommig toxic? I wanted to plant a lot of moss ad Anubias but I dont know how that would do in a tank with soil as substrate or if they even benefit from it.
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there's not any point in using a substrate with nuttrients in (dirt, eco complete, aquasoil) if you're going to use plants like that. neither use roots to absorb nutrients.

also it's not really worth the headache of using soil unless you plan on using heavy root feeding plants like swords and crypts. Soil tends to be dirty and yes there may be toxicity at some point like ammonia or hydrogen sulfide gas being released.
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Anubias will send down roots and feed from the sub but it takes months to establish and do this. I would not dirt a tank for the plants you have listed.


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That was pretty much my assumption. Thank you folks for the response.


What type of plants should I consider for a soil substrate? I mean, are there any low to medium light requiring plants that root? Id like to get a list going on several easy to start with ones
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There are tons of different shapes and colors of crypts. Hairgrass is also a good option

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I've got hairgrass, HC, cardinal plant, and wisteria in my dirted tank. I feel like water column feeders are nice to have in a dirted tank but are only there to supplement the removal of nutrients that the root feeders do not make use of.

Crypts and swords get pretty nice roots, as do most of the hygro species. Red Tiger Lotus also makes roots like mad.

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if you purchase the POTTED dwarf hairgrass are you able to seperate it and plant it throughout the tank or is everything grown together?
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What I do, and have seen done by others better at this than me, is to cut down the leafs, cut down the roots, separate out the bunch and carefully plant each little node individually.

It is easier to do this when the tank is not filled with water, and it allows for the plant to spread out and grow more. The only downside to this is that IT TAKES FOREVERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR. Especially if you have 3 puts of it...you will want to rip your hair out by the time you are done. It is worth it though to get the effect you want.

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Thanks for the help Hybrid and chad, seriously, im definately going with some crypts and quite a bit of hairgrass if my 2 t8's at 32watts will allow for it in my 55g.
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