07-17-2012, 11:49 AM
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Originally Posted by Dawes
Hey, Byron, thanks for the help.
I was just curious, would the plants mentioned have any trouble growing in just sand substrate? (I -don't- have any nutrient soil under my sand)
I'm also going to buy some Seacheam Liquid flourish too now that you use it yourself and have good results!
Here are the plants that I am thinking about getting once again for you:
(Cant decide between Eleocharis Parvula and Staurogyne Repens since they are both carpet type plants, so I doubt I'll be buying both, but if you know of any Pros and Cons that you could tell me about for either ones, that would be awesome!).
Are there any cons with using carpet plants? Do they hold alot of debris which might cause the Ammonia to rise?
Sand is fine for any plants. As I mentioned previously, substrate enrichment will improve the growth of substrate-rooted plants to some extent, depending upon the plant species. But all plant nutrients must enter the water in order to be taken up via roots or leaves, so adding fertilizer to the water will get to the roots in the substrate as the water percolates through the substrate. I have plain sand in 5 tanks, plain gravel in 1, and Flourite in another. The plants with the Flourite substrate are the worst of the lot. I will be changing this out for playsand this month.
I don't like true "carpet" plants, and I wold never get Eleocharis parvula [just me]. I like to see some substrate, and for fish like corys and loaches this is important. I have pygmy chain sword and chain sword as pseudo-carpet plants, and crypts. This is as much "carpet" as i get.
I will try the Staurogyne repens if I can get it.