I added more plants, a stronger light, and a DIY c02 system :D This tank is now a jungle! I just hope Gabe doesnt get himself lost in there :P Oh yeah, I also have a walmart package of apongetons. All but one sprouted! Talk about luck... I just put the growing ones in the tank.
Alex, what are those floating plants in your very awesome tank? I love those, and have been wanting something similar.
Well some delicate plants cant go through complete water changes, but some plants like wisteria and anacharis and hornwort dont need to be planted. They can just be left floating at the surface. And then you have true floating plants such as duckweed that are pretty much bulletproof. And then there are plants like anubias and java fern that you just tie to a rock - they wont grow roots in the substrate.
Good plants for an uncycled tank would be:
- Any type of moss
- java fern
- Hornwort (?) I hear it may shed needles like crazy...
- Duckweed (floating and indestructible - or so I have heard)
- Water Lettuce
^All these will require some kind of lighting. Or maybe you'll be lucky and need none if your tank gets indirect sunlight for several hours a day.
The you could also always have some terrestial plants that have the ability to grow hydrophinically (roots in the water) such as willow clippings, pothos, arrowhead plant, Peace lily, dumb cane, lucky bamboo, and pretty much any other bog plant.