Starting a planted aquarium
I want to put live plants in my aquarium but after reading all the info on here I am a little confused on what to do. I have a 10 gallon tank with 4 platys in it.
Right now there is gravel and plastic plants in the tank so how do I go about adding plants to my tank with the fish in it?
Do I need to remove the gravel and put in somthing different?
Once I do put plants in the tank do I still need my filter?
Also I am looking for recomendations on what plants to use. I need plants that are easy to care for and do well on low light and no co2 injection. Thanks
No you dont have to remove the gravel, just use some easy to grow plants and hell you can leave the fish in there also. I plant almost all my tanks with fish still in them. Just be gentle. For easy plants Id suggest anubias, java moss, hornwort, or really the majority of stem plants as they seem to grow quite easily. You can chose to leave the filter or take it out, I usually leave the filter in the tank to remove the large particles. Just remember to remove the carbon from the filters.
I started with brazilian pennywort in my 35-litre.
I have lobelia cardinalis growing beautifully in my 10 gal with no light, co2 or ferts (apart from fish waste). Just stick the plants in the gravel - stem plants are awesome cause they grow easily and fast!
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MOST plants grow easy.
Hygrophilas come to mind... Fine-leaved plants can sometimes shed their leaves if their conditions aren't perfect, so I would stay away from them
Hygrophilas, Ludwigea Repens, Vallisneria, Java Fern, Java Moss, and Anubias come to mind.
For best results, grab some flourish comprehensive and dose per instructions.
I'd forgotten that I'd also put java moss in and I've now got java fern and anubias in another tank. I think they are really good suggestions for you. The advantage of these plants is that you tie them to a piece of driftwood. It makes adding the plants to your tank really easy and you can easily pull them out if they struggle (they shouldn't do - as mentioned, they are easy to grow). I don't know how fast java fern grows, but I was told that anubias is slow-growing. That's good because it won't take over your tank, but you might want to also plant something fast growing like a stem plant so that your tank looks populated with plants more quickly.
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