Plants in planters?

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I've seen a couple tanks with plants that have the plants in small planters. Some of them were in plastic planters others were in clay planters. They had them sitting in the gravel. I'm guessing that the planter has the soil in it. :unsure: It looked kind of cool in the clay planters so I thought I'd look into it.

Does anyone know if this works?

How this works?

I have NEVER done anything but fake plants and would love to try some real plants in my lobster tank and my African Cichlid tank. I know my Oscar and FH would sabotage them immediately so why waste the energy (and money).

Any help would be appreciated.

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cebosound replied the topic: Re: Plants in planters?

i think some of those planters may actually only have gravel in them.

they are good at keeping the fish from eating at the roots and damaging the plants.

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DRACO replied the topic: Re: Plants in planters?

hey B, you may want o check this... i had a plant the way you describe,
a pot and a glass jar with plants and pebbles as holding medium, and plants
grow in there crazy... sorry for poor quality...

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Nina_W replied the topic: Re: Plants in planters?

Brooksie, plants with your Africans are a tricky thing. Most greens they shred, relentlessly, until there's a huge mess in your tank.

People have had luck with valisneria, and with java ferns (my ferns have never done well, but the fish didn't shred them) and sometimes with anubias. Lucky people manage to grown stiff-leaved amazonian plants (apparently even amazon swords!). I know hornwort has grown well for me - but they will float, no matter how much you tie them down. Floating hornwort is not my idea of pretty.

Would you consider trying lucky bamboo? Their tops need to stick out of the water, but they absolutely soak up nitrates, and they look quite nice.

There's also a matter of available light, and available nutrients. Potting them will stop the fish from digging them up (a bit, at least) and allow you to put a more nutrient rich soil in there (like eco complete) that you cap with gravel and rocks to keep the fish out.

I would suggest you send a message to Ken (Big-Ken) asking about lights and suitable plants. I know very little about lights, I have followed instructions fairly blindly in my own plant adventure in this regard. He'll be able to give more understanding. What I do know is that most tanks have far too little light for pretty much anything other than mosses.
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Brooksie replied the topic: Re: Plants in planters?

OK everyone... thanks for the insight! I know where to go for more information.

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your welcome .;)

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