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jaysix79 01-19-2010 12:37 AM

can sand be planted
what's the best plant for sand? and a best way to achor them on the sand?

Kelso 01-19-2010 12:56 AM

I have all sorts of plants planted in sand in my tank:

Look at my last post. Most plants can be easily planted in sand, however ferts are more than likely going to be needed. The best way to keep em down? A good depth of around three inches lets you bury a good portion of the plant to allow it stay down and grow more.

FrogHerder 01-19-2010 11:02 AM


Originally Posted by jaysix79 (Post 308620)
what's the best plant for sand? and a best way to achor them on the sand?

Don't know about the BEST plant for sand, but there are apparently some things like hairgrass that grow in sand that don't do well in other substrates.

We put in a bunch of hairgrass and other plants this weekend. Found the best way to plant was to use tweezers or feeding tongs and grasp the plant gently at the root/stem interface. Made sure the roots were down in the sand, and voila. Easier than planting with the large pebbles we use in our other tanks.

Angel079 01-19-2010 04:47 PM

I've planted any plant I have in my 'gravel tanks' in sand as well; incl the mentioned hairgrass, had it successfully in gravel and sand.
Feel free to check out my "sand" set ups under the aquarium log, but apart from your fish, the sand itself won't hold you back on any plant. Its usually either the fish that create a problem with certain plants (like if you have cichlids) or poor water (little to no nutrition) and/ or poor light (9 times outta 10 light is the problem when people say "i can't grow plants").

jaysix79 01-20-2010 01:34 AM

what about what is the best plant for cichlids... medium cichlids not like oscars anything 5 inches and under

Angel079 01-20-2010 02:04 PM

Cichlids vs planted tank I only been successful there with harder plants, like Hygrophilia (those always did best), large Amazon Swords (thou with them you gotta check on your hardness first), Anubias these type plants; I also seen nice Cichlid set ups with Java Ferns before but can't comment on it as I have no pers experience with that set up.

jaysix79 01-20-2010 08:41 PM

what do you mean by checking the hardness first?. did you mean pH. what is the ideal pH for this plants?

Angel079 01-21-2010 11:42 AM

In a tank you have several parameters to consider:
Nitrate, Nitrite and Ammonia for the fish healths
pH and KH (hardness) for the plants and the fish

All of this can be easly tested with a liquid test kit any fish keep should have at home, those are avilavle at any pet store (most common brand would be API).

pH is what measures your acidity or basicity of the water
GH and KH measures the hardness, GH being your general hardness of the water and KH being the carbon hardness of the water.

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