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Keeping new plants alive!!

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Hi All

I have bought a load of new plants and I expected that my new tank would be here before the plants were delivered. But that didn't happen.

I have spent a fair bit on the plants and would be slighted pee'd of if they all died before the tank arrives!!

Would some substrate in a bucket with a heater be adequate to keep the plants alive?? would an airstone to add some oxegen be benefical?? I am hoping the new tank will be here within 5 days.

Any help would be greatly received.


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Keeping new plants alive


You cannot keep new plants alive like that for a long period of time. They need ample amount of light and Oxygenating the water will not help as they need Co2 with light.
It is not needed to plant them in a substrate to keep them alive (However, you will have to do that if you have to keep them for more than 2 days).

An easier way would be to put them in a bucket of water and place a light bulb on top. They will remain fine for a day if you just keep their roots wet. If your tank arrives within 2 days of the time the plants arrive, then cut off all the dying leaves before you place them in your tank. btw, did you think about Co2 injection for your tank? That will really help your plants to grow well..

Hope that helps.

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I've been ok just putting plants in a bucket in a sunny window, outside, or even without light for a few days with no horrible effects. Anubias, ferns, mosses - those seem to be slightly more resilient than stem plants too. Just keep 'em wet, they'll be fine for a few days. Like Suj said, prune dead or dying leaves and with good conditions they should bounce back no problem.
I have bagged them with a bit of water (just enough to cover roots) and they have lived fine for me for over a week. As a matter of fact, I still have Blyxa sitting in a bad that has been there for about a week and a half and they look fine.
Excellent thanks for all your responses

Will make sure they stay wet and they get some light. This should hopefully keep them happy until tank arrives.

I am gonna add CO2 to my new tank but I can only really afford the DIY method at the moment and the tank is 95 gallons. Haven't got a clue how many bottles to use? I suppose some Co2 is better than none
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