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planting in deep tank

I have a 150 gallon fresh water tank. It's very deep and impossible to plant live plants. I purchased two three foot long spoons, thinking this would help. I've tried holding the plant down with one and covering the roots with the other. That's almost impossible to do .

Does anyone have any suggestions?
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How deep is "very deep"? If it's something like 24" you may be able to use long forceps. If it's something lke 36" you may need to make you own planting sticks or something.
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Planting a Deep Tank

Hello joan...

Simple answer. Go with low light, bottom plants that don't require planting into the bottom material. There are several spieces of Anubias and Java fern that can be attached to something porous like lava rock and driftwood. I used cotton sewing thread to attach the root system and just laid the plant on top of the pea gravel or whatever you use to cover the bottom of the tank.

You can use floating plants like Anacharis, Pennywort or Hornwort. Just drop individual stems of these plants on top of the water. They grow just floating close to the light source.

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I use a step stool so I can lean into the tank, do most of my planting during a water change when water level is low and have several sizes of tweezers and forceps for planting. I cannot plant anything without forceps/tweezers! Hold the bottom of the stems or roots with tool at about a 45* angle, pull tip into substrate, release, pull tips of tool apart and slowly back out of the substrate.


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How deep is deep? That is the question. You probably need a step ladder and long tweezers. Something like 18" tweezers can be found online. I have 12" SS tweezers and they are beyond useful. Same can be said about the scissors I have too.


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I don't have a tank which is more than 2 feet deep but I have one which is 3 feet wide and also 2 feet deep that poses a similar problem. I took to using a 10 inch long right-angled artery forceps to help me plant stems. Even with that forceps, I would get wet unless I reduced the level of the water.

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I had that tank it's 30" high and I had on a high stand. It just sucked to take care of. It was neat to see jungle val grow up to the top.

For me I had a nice sturdy step ladder and even with my head in the tank could barely reach the back of the tank. Nothing but a long reach will help. I bought dowel rods and extended the handles on scraper and other tools. If it becomes to much of pain your maintenance will suffer.
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...I would get wet unless I reduced the level of the water.
This has been true of every tank I've owned. I just accept that my forearm will get wet and bring a towel when I do planting.


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