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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-29-2006, 09:06 AM Thread Starter
 
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Planting plants

OK, this might sound like a dumb question.
But how do you go about planting your plants?

I am about to start my new planted tank, and I will probably be using 2-3cm soil base with 1-2cm sand on top.

When planting do you push the roots in to just the sand and wieght them down or do you push them in to the soil?
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What I do is try to plant the plant deeper and try to pull it upward ensuring only the roots are buried. Some plants have white crown like vallisnerias which you should not bury as they have a tendency to rot instead. What are your plants? Some have bulbs which may require being buried partly.

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By the way, welcome aboard. Depending on what bottom dwelling fish you have, you may have to weight them down with pebbles. Some fish just love to uproot them.
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Thanks for the reply, but I was asking more for reason of the substrate than the plants.

Obviously soil+water=mud
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mud+water= muddy water.
The top layer of sand will keep the soil in place, so how do you plant without disturbing the soil?
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dont use gardening soil

Smoke 'em if you got 'em.

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hehe yeah. You shouldn't be using dirt or soil that you would use on plants in your garden. Aquatic plants, if you're looking for a good substrate, need nutrients and slightly heavier granules that will not dissolve. Look into eco-complete or fluorite. Better yet, get some ADA aquasoil for just a tad more. It's bar-none the best aquatic plant substrate around.

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You can use fertilizer-free top soil, but you should really try to find a substrate that was designed for planted tanks....

If you're stuck with the soil, just be careful and use tweezers...

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