Originally Posted by gui4life
Do you know of any good "how-tos" on adding plants?
Do I need to add substrate/fertilizer?
I have gravel substrate for aquraiums (got it at walmart for like 11 bucks for a 25lb bag).
fill the tank with more gravel in the back than the front to give the tank some dept. This will also facilitate heavy planting in the back with more gravel.
Fill the tank after you have put the washed gravel in there. (just rinse the gravel before it goes in the tank).
Then you can plant it (make sure you used Prime or some other good water conditioner).
I would get Java Fern and tie it driftwood or some ornament (don't bury the roots)
Java Moss you can just leave it floating or tangle it around something (don't bury)
When you plant, ofc have clean hands. Rinse your hands in Aquarium water (or dechlorinated and treated water). You usually want to rinse up to the areas of your arm that will be submerged.
Make a hole in the gravel and you can put the roots in there. you will have to hold the plant while you use your other hand to push gravel over your roots to hold them down.
Some stem plants that float like Cabomba, hornwort etc. you can tie to things, let float but I wouldn't bury them. They come loose easily if not tied.
If you use the directed dose once a week of this you will be fine. Flourish Comprehensive
(Althought not needed)