I was hoping to put a bunch of live plants in my sorority tank. What is the best way to prep a tank for live plants? Should I put soil in the bottom, then sand on top, so plants can establish roots in soil?
Any help on this would be great, I plan on upgrading to a 65 Gallon. Maybe making it into a half land half water.
It would depend what type of plants you have, some require hi-tech set ups with soil, CO2, light etc. Others do well in low light/low care conditions.
For example; java moss, java fern and anubias attach to bog wood or rocks so they need no special care. I have elodea planted straight into the gravel, nothing special done to the tank; except I shoved them in and left them. (All low light plants; but they will grow better in brighter light but they also grow well in low light).
cool thanks for the help, I was hoping on taking some from my fresh water lakes and seeing how they don in the fresh water tank i have, like Lilly pads and other small aquatic plants, if i put some soil in and a light and keep the water at 80'f i should do ok right?
In my opinion I wouldn't use a lily pad; betta are surface breathers and having surface plants would limit that!
I just have my "pond weed" shoved into the gravel. Literally I shoved it in and walked away. It's rooting and growing well :) It doubled in size in about 2 weeks; which is good as I'm using it to make bushy hiding areas.
Im up at my cottage, and went snorkeling with my girlfriend yesterday and found a wack of AMAZING fresh water shore plants. Found some Grass, short sand hugging plants and long red wavy plants. Also sound some short kelp and little fern like water plants!
I will get some pics today and post them later in the week. Its amazing what a little exploring will help you save $.
I think each plant runs 4$ upward, so hopefully, I can get them in my new tank, and remove all the fake ones!