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I am starting my first planted tank and it has been a slow journey. I finally have the tank built (DIY), filter made (DIY wet/dry kind of), filler substrate (egg crate, and lava rocks/washed), light received (finnex planted +), substrate and filter media shipping (aquasoil powder), heater/thermometer/possible rocks (pending hardscape) waiting, and plans for a low tech low light office tank with 5 chili rasboras and super tiger shrimp.

A Roak came up with 2 of the 4 plants I was looking for so I threw my name in. I was excited and somewhat forgot I leave on a work trip next week for 5 days. If I happen to win the roak, is there a good way to store the plants without them dying or should I withdraw from the roak?

I believe I have seen that you can keep them in a bucket of water with a light. Is this correct?

Thank you, I tend to try to not post new threads bit I guess I couldn't find the right words to search with.

Chris

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Depending on the plant and its size you should be able to keep it alive in a bucket with a light over top of it without a problem, a simple 5 gallon bucket from the hardware store will do fine, unless you are getting something massive. I always add an air stone or a tiny powerhead to the bucket to help promote good water flow around the plant. You will also want to keep the water at a decent temperature, you can simply wrap the bucket in a few towels and that should help retain some of the heat from the lamps. Even tho I keep the heater set to 70 in my apartment my RODI water storage tank is often only 64-65 degrees.
 

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Thank you for the quick response. I will probably throw my heater in there since I am using am led light (no heat). And I have an extra air pump laying around so that I can do as well.

Will the roots need anything to cling to?

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The roots will probably be fine if they have any, most ROAK are usually for freshly trimmed steams but if you get a platelet it may have some roots, they will be fine just floating around in there, it you care to keep things separated and not floating around everywhere in the current, you can poke a couple of hole in an empty water bottle, add a few rocks to weigh it down and then stick the steams in the part you drink out of, that should keep them safe.
 

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Depending on the plants I'd put some dirt in the bottom of a bucket and plant them there. Add your light and so long as it's in your home and not outside you shouldn't need a heater. Just put your light on a timer. I wouldn't add any airstone. BTW I've got farm tanks set up just this way. Only difference is I am using tanks not buckets because I have them.
 
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