Originally Posted by aokashi
My first planted tank never had substrate! XD I simply tied down everything to something heavier, or allowed it to float. my elodea/anacharis had it's own little pot in the tank! The water wisteria too :D It's totally doable!
you can get rid of snails with a Potassium Permanganate soak. I've personally never minded snails XD they add to the bioload the plants prefer :D
Yup, good way to go...I just have a basic small gravel sub in mine..and yeah, I'm going to my lfs to grab a couple snails soon too...they can def be a help in these tanks. I don't need them for aeration cause there is no soil, but they help with eating the dead leaves etc, and add some bio to the sub that the plants can use.