I'd really like to get some plants for my tank- not planning on an NPT, just a few to give my betta guy a nice environment. I've been scoping around to see what sort of plants I should get, but every plant I look at says that it prefers a pH of up to 7.5 and soft, slightly acidic water. My water is a pH of 8.2 and it's hard well water. It's so hard that if I don't put vinegar in my dishwasher, all my dishes come out coated in white film.
Does anyone have any experience growing aquarium plants under these conditions? Are there certain plants that will do better with hard, high pH water? I need super easy to take care of plants because I have the black thumb of death when it comes to plants. I would really like to get some frogbit and java fern- do you think these will be okay with my water conditions?
Also, I have read about QTing plants before adding them to the tank. I believe I read that the chloramine in tap water kills off any pathogens that might be on the plant. Since we have well water, we don't have chloramine. Is there something I should add to the QTed plant's water to get rid of any bad stuff that might have hitched a ride?