Hi everyone. Iíd like to preface this post saying Iím fairly new to the aquatic hobby, so please excuse any ignorance on my behalf. My tank setup started as a lonely crowntail Betta in a 10 gallon. Iíve had him about 3 years, the first 2 he spent in a 2 gallon. Once I ďgot into the hobby seriouslyĒ about a yr ago, it was time to upgrade. Currently, he has a few Corydora friends and cherry shrimp. I added plants most recently to make the shrimp more comfortable, but unfortunately I had a miscommunication with the staff at my local LFS
You see, I have some pretty generic colourful aquarium gravel. As far as Iím aware, itís inert. I didnít really want rooting plants for that reason, but plants that I could attach to rocks and driftwood. So, I got some Anubias nana, and Cryptocoryne crispatula. It seems after some research that crypts are mostly a rooted plant, preferring to draw their nutrients from soil. However, I have this plant tied into the crevice of a fake log. Itís been there for a few days (with no signs of great ďmeltĒ, but Iím not ruling out the possibility it occurring down the road). I may consider moving it into my substrate, but has anyone had experience tying these normally rooting plants onto solid surfaces? If it does start to show signs of deterioration, I will for sure move it into the gravel and use root tabs. I just really do not want to have to change my substrate in the long run. Seems like quite the hassle.
Any and all suggestions and tips are greatly appreciated!