Originally Posted by kaden
So, I was new at planting stuff (aka, had never done it or even thought of it, but said OH PRETTY PLANTS! and got them...
) and everything in my tank is just planted straight in gravel. It all seems to be doing well and growing (just an amazon sword, some other sword type plant, and a crypt) but I wonder if this will last in a gravel substrate.
Thoughts? Changing substrate isn't an option because my tank is well established for my snails and shrimp. Is there anything I can do to boost the health and longevity of the plants?
It can take weeks for the plants to get used to the water conditions in the tank, so patience is needed.
Gravel substrate is fine. The "pea sized" is small enough to allow the water to flow through it providing O2
for the plant roots.
You can help your plants by making sure you have the proper lighting, a watt or so per gallon of tank volume is good for the average aquatic plant. Make sure you change out half the water in the tank every week to keep the mineral levels high, they're good for the plants. Also, a fertilizer added once a week is helpful. The local pet stores carry them.
Keep it simple and you'll have a nicely planted tank.