Originally Posted by wandathomas
Do you plant the plants in "pots?" like those little black ones with slots? Or do you just stick them in the substrate?
What about cleaning the gravel? Do you remove the plants? Yipes - I hope not.
I have a 29G tank and 2x65W compact flo light. I went through the plant database (VERY NICE - thank you) and have a list of what I'd like to start with, but am having trouble with a "ground cover." It's hard to tell from some of the pictures exactly how they grow. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
If you are serious into setting up a planted tank,i would advise you to remove the plants from the pots,remove the rock wool that the plants are growing in,trim the roots of the plants a little and then plant the plants individually.This way,the plants will not be too cramped together.However,if you are only growing these plants for fun and have no intention on turning it into an aquascape then leaving them in the pot would be alright.
As for cleaning the gravel,personally i do not do so as it may disturb the substrate.I would leave everything as it is and get some corys to help finish any uneaten food.As for fish waste,i would leave it to the natural process of nitrification which involves the breaking down of the waste and it's compounds into harmless products that the plants can use for food.Furthermore,certain plant species like crypts and echinodorus do not fancy being pulled out all the time,,they are better left alone.Pulling the plants out will also disturb the substrate so it shoulld be minimised as far as possible.
Before thinking about what plants to get,you will have to first consider what kind of environment you will be able to provide for them. Environment in a sense that whether you will be dosing ferts? And if you will be supplying CO2 to the tank. Your lighting is currently sufficient IMO. However,a tank without CO2 and the dosing of ferts will mean that your choice of plants will be limited to perhaps crypt and anubius species and some others that do not require so much of these 2 factors.