03-04-2009, 05:40 AM
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You may have success with potted plants that aren't too fragile. Place some potting soil (no additives) or plant substrate such as flourite in the bottom of a clay or terra cotta pot about half full. Then place the plant in the pot and fill the rest of the way up with gravel. Then, (this is important) place the potted plant in a five gal bucket or if many plants, something larger with DECHLORINATED water for an hour or two. This will allow any air bubbles or pockets of air to escape into the bucket rather than the aquarium which .Trust me,,, you don't want to happen. After a couple hours,, place the potted plant in the aquarium. best to try and use pot or container with no hole in the bottom so that when and if you need to move the plant for vaccuming or other reasons ,,the soil (muddy) doesn't try to leak out through the hole. I prefer flourite (less mess) but if soil is used in the pot,, it is best to mix it with water to make it like playdough before putting it in the pot. This way there is less clouding in the bucket and the aquarium. Hope some of this helps.