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Need suggestions for unplanted plants?

I've got a 210 and I can't keep anything planted (my clown loaches seem to dig up anything I try to bury.) I've also got pool filter sand as a substrate and I don't want to tear down the tank to replace it (I wasn't going to do plants, but I can't help myself) Anyway, I'm looking for suggestions on plants that don't need to be rooted. I've got some java fern and some anubias, and was wondering if there were other options? I'd really love some color in there, but I know I'm limited.

Any help would be appreciated (even if someone can point me in the right direction)
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you can net down some ricca on rocks they shouldnt have mess with that --and how about some hardy swords they are preety tuff-put some rocks around the base
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Ya, I'm trying to keep a sword alive right now, but I have to replant it everyday when I get home from work. (I even tried stacking rocks around the root area, but they are relentless)

I looked up some info about netting down some ricca to some rocks, but I was wondering what they use as netting?
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Do they have any sort of hiding space if there aren't plants? I know my clown loaches LOVED all the tunnels I put in and wold often use them when they felt shy or just wanted to feel safe. Maybe they are rooting it up because that is the only thing in the tank that gives them cover?

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Oh, there are plenty of hiding places. I have lot's of nice big pieces of malasian driftwood and quite a bit of rockwork. Plus I have some pvc under the rockwork. That was a good question though and I should have mentioned that.

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Do they have any sort of hiding space if there aren't plants? I know my clown loaches LOVED all the tunnels I put in and wold often use them when they felt shy or just wanted to feel safe. Maybe they are rooting it up because that is the only thing in the tank that gives them cover?
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Go to a bed and bath shop and by one of those luffa scrubby things for the shower when you open it up you have a lifetime suppply! I picked up a green one you cant even see it
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Ferns, anubias, and most mosses will eventually attach themselves to whatever you tie/glue them to.
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If you plant stem plants very deep and at an angle to the substrate surface the fish shouldn't be able to dig them up with normal activity. Of course Geophagus type cichlid fish would be able to dig up anything, but not loaches.

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