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Plants in a gravel aquarium

I would like to grow plants in a 100 gallon aquarium with a gravel filtration system. I cannot grow plants in the gravel because of the filtration system. I have a hallow artificial rock which can be used as a planter when I turn it upside down. I would like to put some dirt in the hallow rock and try to grow some plants.

What kind of dirt/substrate do I need?
Do I need to use plant fertilizer, nutrients, etc?
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I assume you are using a conventional undergravel filter.

You can grow plants in such a system. it is not ideal, but it will work. You do have the issue of plant root going into and through the filter plate, but this isn't an issue unless you have to break down the tank. They you do need to make a choice, cut the roots, or the filter plate.

You can also remove the undergravel filter and then do the planting. Ideally, you should tear the tank down and start over, but it's not needed.

You can do what your suggesting as a planter, but it limits where you can put plants. You can use ay of the substrates, typically Eco-complete or Flourite.

For best results you need to fertilize. For a large tank you are usually better off with dry fertilizers. See this thread on the subject - https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/fe...-regimes_.html
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I would like to grow plants in a 100 gallon aquarium with a gravel filtration system. I cannot grow plants in the gravel because of the filtration system. I have a hallow artificial rock which can be used as a planter when I turn it upside down. I would like to put some dirt in the hallow rock and try to grow some plants.

What kind of dirt/substrate do I need?
Do I need to use plant fertilizer, nutrients, etc?
An approach that works extremely well for many people and should also work very well for you will be to grow various attractive ferns, Anubias, and mosses attached directly to bare rocks and driftwood in your aquarium. If you use that method, you will not place any substrate in or on the rocks or driftwood. Instead, you will add solutions of the appropriate fertilizers/nutrients directly to the water column, from which they will be absorbed and utilized by the above-mentioned, attached plants.
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Take a look at these
Http://www.tankplanters.com i have used them in my wifes tank with success. You certainly could diy somthing but these are qui k and easy

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In interesting Idea If you do go this way I would swap out the substrate once a year and trim the roots on plants like swords and large cripts. These plants have quite a big root system that would get root bound in a small containers.
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Thanks all. I will try the tank planters.
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Thanks all. I will try the tank planters.
Good luck! Please let us know how that method works for you.
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Here is another spot where you can get them...

http://www.sweetaquatics.com/index.php

That is a larger model that Sweet Aquatics carries.
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