Preparing Plants for Tank
When I aqua-scaped my 29 gallon NPT, the local petco/petsmarts did not have the variety I was hoping for. I went on-line and ordered the proper plants. I planted what petco plants I had at the time, then filled and started the tank, which now has 6 corys. 3 weeks later, the new plants have arrived in water from the (overseas) shipper.
I have read everything I can about aquarium plants and the planted tank EXCEPT for how to prepare the newly purchased plant for the tank! The only advice I've seen is to "inspect for snails". (Actually, I like the snails- free fish food or new pet!) When you go to the LFS, they pull the plant out of there plant aquarium, and add water from that tank for you to bring home. To me, this sounds like a recipe for adding something yucky to your tank, but since you're cycling a new tank, no worries. But what about adding new plants (from mystery water) to a healthy aquarium?
Am I worrying needlessly? Should new plants gradually be introduced (like fish)?
4 bettas: Butch, 3-year-old violet male PK EE & 3 girls in a 30 gal sorority. I do not name the girls anymore! 1/2 of them die within a month.
30 gal: 9 Oto cats, 4 Ocellifer cats. Inverts: Cherry shrimp & 2 assasin snails.
10 gal.: Butch, his 5 oto cats, 3 assasin snails, and a few snails the assassins haven't caught.