Originally Posted by ravenwinds
The plant on the left looks like an anubias coffeeofolia (sp? Probably too many letters :)
Gorgeous plant that will DIE in your gravel!
All anubias, java ferns, MUST be above gravel substrate....roots cannot be buried/planted .....must tie to a rock or a piece of driftwood....even to your decoration already in there....tie with thread or fishing line....I have one tied to a cup handle!
I just tie my plants to rocks or driftwood. Easy peasy. However, you can bury the anubias roots, just NOT the rhizome where the leaves shoot up from. This is from my own experience, and what I have read. You can get away with stuff in gravel that you can't in dirt or sand. I'd be a little worred about that sword, as they do need a root tablet. But just one, and you can't really mess the with gravel too much around the plant. IME the anubias don't really care about that. Also, since you are introducing plants and maybe some ferts, you might get some algae. Before you freak out about it (just about everybody does at first), just remember that *some* is natural. It is a part of a healthy aquatic ecosystem. Now a lot is bad, though, and you'd have to cut back on your lights in that case.
I have a 10gallon that has plant substrate, which I have completely scaped in anubias, java fern ( I love windelov), and java moss. It's low light. Although it's still settling down, it's really pretty, and easy. I think your adventures into plants will be really fun, and your fish will thank you!