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Just got plants, started cycle, how do I actually plant the plants?



There are 2 moss balls and 3 anubias in this 2.5 gal tank. I think I have too much gravel right now because it's only holding 2 gallons.

I have the anubias in pots because I am really confused. The guy at the local aquarium store told me I didn't need soil for the anubias but I don't really want them in the pots.

Do I take them out of the pots and put them in the gravel? Or do I need to buy soil?

My filter is cycling right now. My ammonia is between .5 and 1 ppm. There are no fish but when do I need to worry about killing my plants?

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You want to take all the plants out of the pots and mesh. Than tie the anubias to rocks/driftwood/decor. You may want to get some flourish comprehensive and excel, but definitely not needed in this case.

The plants will actually make your cycle go faster.
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Gravel looks good to me. If you are planting the anubia's in gravel, only put the roots in the gravel; the rhizome (the stick looking thing the leave grow out of) will rot if covered up.

Nice choice of plants :)

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+1 Tankman12. Tie the Anubias to something or let it float. If you plant, plant only the roots but not the rhizome (the green things to which the leaves are attached).

Gravel looks fine. If you buy plants that need to be in the substrate you will want enough gravel to hold down the roots.

I would wait to get fertilizer; as Tankman12 said, really not needed right now. Seachem Flourish Comprehensive is a good all-purpose fertilizer. Personally, I don't use Excel for low-tech plants like Anubias.

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Oh yay! I really want the cycle to pass because I'm getting jealous of my roommate's pretty betta girl. :)

I got excel so I'm using that as fertilizer.

How soon do I need to take them out of the pots? I don't have any decor to tie them to right now and would need to go get some if I wanted to do that. Otherwise I can just put the roots in the gravel right now if it's that crucial.

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+1 Tankman12. Tie the Anubias to something or let it float. If you plant, plant only the roots but not the rhizome (the green things to which the leaves are attached).

Gravel looks fine. If you buy plants that need to be in the substrate you will want enough gravel to hold down the roots.

I would wait to get fertilizer; as Tankman12 said, really not needed right now. Seachem Flourish Comprehensive is a good all-purpose fertilizer. Personally, I don't use Excel for low-tech plants like Anubias.

Nice choice of plant, BTW. And.....Welcome to the Forum!
Thank you!

Ahaha now I feel like Mr. Fish Sales Guy pushed the excel on me for no reason.

What do you mean by float? Do the roots not need to be planted at all?

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I would take them out as soon as you can. Than just put the roots in gravel or just float it till you get some river stones or something.

With the excel since these plants use it very slowly. I would just dose maybe twice a week at around half dose.
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Excel is a liquid carbon source and not a fertilizer. Take it back and get Flourish Comprehensive. From everything I've read, Excel and C02 are not necessary for low-light plants; they're more a high-light additive.

You can either plant the roots-only or just let them float until you find something to which you'll want to tie them.

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Excel is a liquid carbon source and not a fertilizer. Take it back and get Flourish Comprehensive. From everything I've read, Excel and C02 are not necessary for low-light plants; they're more a high-light additive.

You can either plant the roots-only or just let them float until you find something to which you'll want to tie them.
Agh! Somehow I don't think I can take it back because I already opened it. I guess it makes sense he sold that to me since he was going on and on about me needing C02 and I didn't really understand what he was talking about. Hopefully it'll be useful later if I expand my plant variety or something.

For now, I'll just plant the roots and not worry about fertilizer. Thanks!! :)

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