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Can I Plant My Tanks?

Hello! I love aquatic plants but haven't had much luck. Would like to see if my tanks are capable of growing plants and what kinds you think would work best. So here's some information.

A little background. I have four tanks right now. Three betta tanks [two ten gallons and a five] and a 50 Gallon. I've tried growing plants before but they don't seem to work. The only thing I've had success with was Marino moss balls and my anubias nana on a little piece of driftwood. Both the marimos and the anubias do very well. Any stem plant I've gotten has died [I've mainly ordered online, not sure if that is part of the issue]. In February I bought a couple Amazon swords at an aquatic store and so far they seem to be doing good.

Most of my tanks have Black Diamond blasting sand as a substrate. My one betta tank has caribsea sand. These aren't the best substrates for plants but can I grow things in it? I have root tabs in the black diamond sand that the swords are growing in now.

For lighting, my betta tanks just have the LED lights that came in their hoods. My 50 Gallon has a Finnex stingray light.[censored]

No Co2.

I'm hoping to grow a decent amount and variety of plants in my fifty gallon. In the betta tank with caribsea sand I was hoping to do corkscrew Vallisneria. In my other I wanted to have more Amazon Swords if these ones worked out, and in the five gallon I'm not sure yet.

Thanks ahead of time for your help. I am on a budget as I am only in 9th grade.

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You can definitely plant your tanks!

Browse the low-tech journals on here for ideas, there are loads of plants available to you that will grow well in any circumstance.

Java Fern and Anubias are great choices, but there are loads of other options and you can get stuff cheap right here in the for sale section.
The best way to go would be to copy someone elses plant list to some extent lol.

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