Originally Posted by callistra
Locally I am rather limited on plants so I am hoping that either someone in the forums has some to sell or can make some recommendations based on experience.
I am looking for 2-3 excellent quality moss balls to put in a 5 gallon tank.
If possible, I am for some floating (not rooted) plants for my tank as well.
I do not use a light hood, but the room my tanks are in get a fair amount of sunlight from the two windows in the room. It should be good enough for the moss balls at least. That said I could purchase a hood if it was absolutely necessary and I found a floater I love, but I like the glass hoods I have right now.
With that in mind.. does anyone have experience keeping potted plants in an aquarium? Ecocomplete substrate, a terracotta pot and aquarium plants? I like to leave my bottom bare.
I have experience with planted aquariums, but not specifically potted aquarium plants. I don't see why it wouldn't work. I definitely would use eco-complete (with maybe a bit of larger gravel in the base of the pot to prevent the eco-complete from leaking out the hole in the bottom..?) in a pot, and dose the tank with a liquid fertilizer like Flourish Excel or Flourish**, and every month or so add a root tab to the pot.
Since you don't have a hood, stick to low light plants like Java moss, Java Sword, Hornwort, Anubias, Wendtii, Ozelot Swords, etc. You can order them online from Aquariumplants.com
**Keep in mind, the regular flourish contains copper which is lethal to shrimp and other invertebrates.