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post #1 of 10 Old 04-22-2010, 09:08 PM Thread Starter
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potted or not potted is the question

Just like the title says. Do yall recommend getting potted or unpotted plants? Granted Ive only got a 5 gallon tank so room is limited

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post #2 of 10 Old 04-22-2010, 09:51 PM
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I.E, plants that come in small plastic pots that u take them out of and plant them?

I got plenty of unpotted crypts and all survived and are doing nicely. None even had complete crypt melt.

The sword I bought planted is doing just fine.

I'd recommend unpotted, as it is usually cheaper.

If money is not an issue, I've heard potter plants are better, so you mine as well buy them. (less root shock and such)

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post #3 of 10 Old 04-24-2010, 12:28 AM
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I second Austin. But your last comment makes me wonder if you mean having potted plants versus un-potted plants in the aquarium when you actually plant them. In case this is part of your question, I recommend planting plants in the substrate. The only time I would not is if the fish determined potted plants, such as in a large cichlid tank where the plants can be regularly uprooted by digging cichlids, or is breeding tanks (some use potted plants in discus tanks).

The reason I recommend planting in the substrate is because the root systems of some plants are extensive (Echinodorus particularly) and just like houseplants can get root-bound, so can aquatic plants. They will do better if they can spread. Also, there is a complex biological environment in the substrate, between bacteria (several types), plant roots, water and nutrients. It is better for the aquarium ecosystem that the entire substrate be involved. Lastly, the plant pots will be visible unless the substrate is deep enough to cover them; this may or may not matter to some, but I myself would rather not see pots in my tanks. And if the substrate is going to be deep enough to conceal the pots, you might as well put the plant roots in it.

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I did mean getting plants that are already in the pot or just free. I plan on putting them in the gravel. I ment lack of room cause I know the pots will take up extra room.

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3 MTS(sure to be mean more soon)

55 gallon
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post #5 of 10 Old 04-29-2010, 10:23 PM
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Potted plants are better when buying crypts, dwarf onions and foreground plants. One you will get alot of plants in the pot making it cheaper per plant and for foreground it makes planting easier. Other than those it is personal preference on bare root vs. potted. Potted plants are usually recommended for bare bottom tanks.
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post #6 of 10 Old 04-30-2010, 12:41 AM
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Potted plants are better when buying crypts, dwarf onions and foreground plants. One you will get alot of plants in the pot making it cheaper per plant and for foreground it makes planting easier. Other than those it is personal preference on bare root vs. potted. Potted plants are usually recommended for bare bottom tanks.
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post #7 of 10 Old 04-30-2010, 12:56 AM
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Thanks kymmie I need to add a new avatar pic he is much bigger now. LOL

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Thanks kymmie I need to add a new avatar pic he is much bigger now. LOL
Bigger? Is that even possible? Yes, new pics, please!!

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post #9 of 10 Old 04-30-2010, 06:14 AM
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I second Byron and Austin, and of course I second SA!!

My swords and pennyworts (ordered from SA!) are all doing great, as you can read in my plant build, I find my pennyworts at the top of my 55G everyweek after a trim....

SA - be on the lookout for a order maybe this weekend again!

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SA - be on the lookout for a order maybe this weekend again!
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