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How do you plant in substrate?

How do you put plants into substrate? I've tried putting plants in a 1/4 filled tank by stinking my finger in the substrate to make room for the roots but when I pull my finger out the hole fills back up. Plus the plants are not in tightly so when I fill the tank some were coming out and floating. Whats the best play to go about this?
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What substrate are you using?

I used to have those colored gravel from LFS, and it was a pain trying to plant on it. Basically I poke a hole with a finger, plant the plant, use one hand to hold the plant in place, use the other to replace the gravel displaced by the finger. I also do this when the tank is 1/2 to 3/4 full, and I put water in it slowly.

Now I have AS Amazonia 2, much easier to plant and grow using it. It also helps that I have this long tweezer like tool to plant or uproot.
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When you push your finger into the substrate, take the plants (roots, stem) along with it. Then pull the finger out, while keeping the plant at the same height. As the substrate fills in, the plant gets stuck in it.

What kind of substrate are you using?


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Im using Soilmaster Select.
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Tweezers!! There is no better way.....get them ASAP.

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I have the same issue. I'm in the process of setting up a new tank with Amazonia II. I'm planning on filling up the tank as far as the soil line and then using tweezers to plant. Then very slowly top off the tank.
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Soilmaster is famous for being difficult to plant in, because it is a relatively light substrate. Tweezers will be superior to fingers, and lots of patience will get them rooted eventually.


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Yes, tweezers! Long ones! I love mine. Before I got them, I had the worst time getting things planted. Now it's a breeze with most plants. Of course a few times the plants still come out when I pull the tweezers out of the substrate, but I'm getting used to using them and it's not happening as often anymore. I have SMS as well, but still manage to get things to finally stay stuck in it.

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