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Receiving plants before ready to plant

I'm going to be ordering a bunch of plants here in a couple of weeks, and from different sellers. I'd prefer to plant them all at once.

Any recommendations on how to hold the plants until ready to plant, or would it just be wiser to just plant as I receive them?

Probably a dumb question, but just curious.
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Depending on your substrate I would just plant them as they come in, and then once you've received all of them you can go back through and do your aquascape and place the plants where you want them to actually go. But it all depends on what substrate you're using in the tank.

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Depending on your substrate I would just plant them as they come in, and then once you've received all of them you can go back through and do your aquascape and place the plants where you want them to actually go. But it all depends on what substrate you're using in the tank.
I'm using ADA Amazonia. I will have a bottom layer of powersand, then the normal type with powder type on top for finer rooting plants.
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If your tank is full, just float your plants til you're ready to plant all at once. This will help them to start adjusting to your water chemistry as well as lettin em spit some roots out a lil bit. If you haven't filled the tank yet, I'd float em in a bucket of water. Whatever you do, don't leave em in bags any longer than they need to be.


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If your tank is full, just float your plants til you're ready to plant all at once. This will help them to start adjusting to your water chemistry as well as lettin em spit some roots out a lil bit. If you haven't filled the tank yet, I'd float em in a bucket of water. Whatever you do, don't leave em in bags any longer than they need to be.
+1 I do the same.
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If your tank is full, just float your plants til you're ready to plant all at once. This will help them to start adjusting to your water chemistry as well as lettin em spit some roots out a lil bit. If you haven't filled the tank yet, I'd float em in a bucket of water. Whatever you do, don't leave em in bags any longer than they need to be.
Interesting idea. Would this work for plants that cannot be grown emerged?
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Before I set up my sons tank, I kept my Vals and crypts in a 5g bucket outside for 3 weeks and they were just fine.
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Interesting idea. Would this work for plants that cannot be grown emerged?
Sorry, not sure what you mean by plants that cannot be grown emerged? If I understand the definition of emerged correctly, all true aquatics cannot be grown emerged. Emergent plants are like marginals or plants that will grow aquatically and also send out emergent growth.

I'll just try to clarify what I can. If you mean plants that cannot be grown emersed, i.e. full aquatics, then yes. All full aquatics you can float. If you mean plants that are semi-aquatic like bog or marsh plants/marginals, then yes you can root them there as well. If you mean plants that are terrestrial, yes you can root them in your tank or in water, but you must keep the foliage out of the water for these guys and preferably out of way of strong current flow. Also some terrestrial plants can release toxins into water, dieffenbachia as an example, so use caution as to which plants you want to root in your tank. Otherwise, a glass of water is a fine substitute.


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They should be okay if you just put them in a bucket and give them a light. They'll start getting a bit unhappy after a week or so if they're root feeders, but they'll be okay.


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Sorry, not sure what you mean by plants that cannot be grown emerged? If I understand the definition of emerged correctly, all true aquatics cannot be grown emerged. Emergent plants are like marginals or plants that will grow aquatically and also send out emergent growth.

I'll just try to clarify what I can. If you mean plants that cannot be grown emersed, i.e. full aquatics, then yes. All full aquatics you can float. If you mean plants that are semi-aquatic like bog or marsh plants/marginals, then yes you can root them there as well. If you mean plants that are terrestrial, yes you can root them in your tank or in water, but you must keep the foliage out of the water for these guys and preferably out of way of strong current flow. Also some terrestrial plants can release toxins into water, dieffenbachia as an example, so use caution as to which plants you want to root in your tank. Otherwise, a glass of water is a fine substitute.
Ah. I meant emersed! Whoops! Thanks for the info!
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You can just float them. I do it all the time, buy or get things I am unsure where they will go, float them until they have a place. I also like to keep them in a sink, learned that from fellow member/friend OVT. It will get things like duckweed off, etc. Anyway, no harm in floating the plants, they will do well and just add to the plant mass. Only a problem in very small tanks where they may shadow the light considerably,

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