03-09-2010, 11:57 AM
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Have used potted plants numerous times with various cichlids that like to dig as well as Discus.
Plant's were Amazon sword,Crypt,Hygro.pond lillys,and tiger lotus.
Unglazed terra cotta pots work well. Place a layer of fine gravel about 1/2 inch deep in the bottom of the pot to keep soil from leaching out of the hole. Then take some plain garden soil or potting soil, (no additives) and wet it until the soil has consistency of playdough. place this in the pot until pot is nearly 3/4 full. The take your finger and push a hole down in the wet soil to insert the plant. Then fill the pot the rest of the way with fine gravel. Gently pull the base of the plant up just a tad so that roots aren't packed too tightly and shoulder of plant is just above the gravel (just a little). Then the next step is VERY important,, Take the potted plant and set it in a bucket of aquarium water or dechlorinated water for approx thirty, to fourty five minutes to allow air pockets or bubbles to burp out into the bucket ,otherwise they might do this in the aquarium(big mess, trust me).
Then ,place the plant under adequate light and that's it. I have used organic miracle grow portting soil combined with flourite or just plain potting soil and plants all did well. Maybe every six months to a year ,or longer,, simply replace the potting soil with new mixture after it has given up it's nutrients.
Worked quite well as mentioned in cichlid tanks and moving them around was not a problem. Hope this helps.
Last edited by 1077; 03-09-2010 at 11:59 AM..