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post #91 of 123 Old 12-15-2010, 05:28 PM
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I am more than likely going to do this with in the next few weeks. But are the plants planted into the dirt that is below the gravel or are they planted in the 1 1/2" of gravel above the dirt?

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post #92 of 123 Old 12-15-2010, 07:45 PM
Hey Redchigh,

Do you plant your plants after the sand or do you plant then put sand around it?
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post #93 of 123 Old 12-15-2010, 11:01 PM
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Do you plant your plants after the sand or do you plant then put sand around it?

i personally put sand in first,but then again im an outcast,and im not Redchigh.....

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post #94 of 123 Old 12-16-2010, 09:06 AM
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For mine I put the dirt then plants then gravel.

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For mine I put the dirt then plants then gravel.
I was thinking this, cuz last time i tried it with gravel first, my gravel sunk in and dirt came out on top and then everything was a mess, but i was wondering if it was just cuz i was clumsy...
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Well, for one thing, it works best to use 1 to 1.5 inch of gravel on top.

I added dirt, sand, then plants.

There is the "dry start method" that I referred to... Where you place the soil, and plant lots of plants like echinodorus, anubias, etc, and only add enough water to turn the soil soupy. Then you place a glass cover, and grow it like a terrarrium for 6-8 weeks or longer...

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post #97 of 123 Old 12-16-2010, 01:06 PM
so you plant in the sand/gravel and the roots grow into the soil in its own?
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Yes, but even with an inch of substrate on top, many plants (like swords) will have a couple roots in the soil if you plant them at the right depth... The roots will grow to find nutrients regardless.

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post #99 of 123 Old 12-16-2010, 04:52 PM
i planted a water sprite in one of my npt and about 2 weeks later i tried to pull it up and some sand halfway across the tank was pulled

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post #100 of 123 Old 12-17-2010, 10:43 AM Thread Starter
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Big root system. :)

It's amazing to me that stem plants that usually have very little root structure have ginormus roots when planted in soil.

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