Originally Posted by Bubbles0oO
Here's a pic of the tank, the ribbons are planted in a pot of gravel, but are slowly melting away. Java moss is free floating as well as the anacharis
I have some washed PFS leftover from my substrate swap, should I use that? I wanted to have a sterile bottom because I didn't want to have the fry get stuck in the gravel. But now that I have sand..... Is the only way to get RCS to order online? I may ask if my LFS
can special order some
Well, not to be offensive or anything, but the tank looks a little disheveled. You could make a beautiful tank with that pottery and those pretty plants. A lot of them will survive like that, but their roots take stuff from the gravel and they're missing that.
Well you can ask your LFS
but I can only find them online.
About your substrate, the fry wont get stuck there, especially if you aren't moving it around. I know with sponge filters, they recommend gravel not sand. Or maybe that is an under gravel filter. But I would say your tank definitely needs the gravel.
I tried this with one of my plants that didn't have roots when I received it. I let the roots grow while it was free floating and the plant wilted. It grew enough roots that I could plant it. And now it's got new leaves forming where the old ones were falling off.
The shrimp will benefit from some substrate too. It gives them even more places to hide.
You could circumvent most of your worries by a moss type carpet. They're beautiful.