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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-30-2012, 04:42 AM Thread Starter
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Small river stones?

Can I grow ANYTGING with the small little river rock gravel? I feel like you can't but I'm new to this.

http://mulchmebaby.com/shop/stone-sa...ch-pea-gravel/

That's pretty much what it looks like.
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Ive only ever had success growing anubias and amazon swords in the stuff


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Would you suggest possibly putting some sand on top of that rock? Im fixing to add a black ghost knife to my 150 g and I'm sure he'd appreciate it too
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Sand will not stay on top of gravel. It will sift between.

I have grown a lot of plants in gravel, but never the little ground cover plants. Best growth was Vals and several species of Echinodorus (Swords). Any of the non-rooted plants are fine, they are grown on wood or rocks: Java Fern, Anubias, Bolbitis. And floating plants are fine, too: Frogbit, Floating Fern, Salvinia, Water Lettuce, Duckweed, Azolla, Water Hyacinth and more. (Some of these are high light or pond plants, not great in aquariums)

Put some root tabs in there and most plants will be fine. Use water column dosing for the plants that are not rooted in the substrate.
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