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I'm looking for sugestions on what kind of plants i can do in a bare bottom discus tank. I know I could try java fern on driftwood, though i'm not sure if it will like the temps. I set it to about 84-86 F. What other kinds of plants can i use that don't need a substrate?
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I'm looking for sugestions on what kind of plants i can do in a bare bottom discus tank. I know I could try java fern on driftwood, though i'm not sure if it will like the temps. I set it to about 84-86 F. What other kinds of plants can i use that don't need a substrate?
Floating plants.

Also, have you considered potted plants? I've seen tanks that were full of groupings of plants in little terra-cotta pots. Looked pretty nice. It would require attention, though. You'd have to repot the plants occasionlly.
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Water lettace in a very nice floater plant, and the discus can swim about the roots. Java moss is a possablity, maybe put it on some weights and have spots of "lawn" on the bottom. Do you plan of useing ferts?

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I got some java moss in there right now.
I don't think I want floating plants. You can't really see floating plants. It's not an open top, I've got a diy wood canopy covering the top.

Do you think most stem plants would do ok just bound up in bunches with lead weights?

I supose potted plants isn't a bad way of doing it. I just prefer not to see pots.

I plan on ordering ferts from greg watson for my other tank. I converted my guppy tank to planted. I upped the lighting, added diy co2 and started using plant grow fertilizer. Its mostly a micro fertilizer. Everything is growing really well so far. I'm not sure though if I should bother with fertilizing the discus tank because I do water changes almost every day on that tank. I'd just be puting it in and then taking it out again.
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Hornwort. Bound up stem plants would work. Mini moss sinks on its own, but the temp may be too high.

You could try Phyllanthus fluitans (https://www.plantedtank.net/plantprof...-fluitans/70/). It's a floating plant, but it has reddish roots that could provide a cool look.

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