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Substrate, How Much Needed For Live Plants

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Substrate, how much needed for live plants
« on: April 21, 2019, 08:41:24 AM »
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I'm changing from silk to live plants and am finding it hard to anchor them in the small pea size gravel, depth was OK to start with, but not now. What depth do you recommend to stop the plants floating to the surface. They are bare rooted plants

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Re: Substrate, how much needed for live plants
« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2019, 08:52:17 AM »
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Sand or small grained gravel is best for plants; larger grained gravel is not as good. I know you said 'small pea sized gravel' but does that mean pea, petit pois or smaller?

2 inches/5 cm is usually recommended for plants.



I get round plants not staying planted by having plants that can be attached to decor or floating  ;D

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Re: Substrate, how much needed for live plants
« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2019, 09:31:15 AM »
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Petite pois probably nearest. 🙄 Next time I'm going to the 'fish' shop I'll see what they have
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Re: Substrate, how much needed for live plants
« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2019, 09:57:03 AM »
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You can also tie bare root plants to the ceramic rings that are often found at the bottom of the plant pot, then bury these in the substrate (ceramic ring on top of the roots). I've done this recently with an echinodorus that I planted in a spot where Bertie the BN apparently likes to dig now  ::)

As for substrate depth, around 4cm, though it probably gives the information on the pack (if you can find a pack of what you already have in a shop and take a look). Push the plants in deep, and perhaps put a stone on them so they are not disturbed before they root, which I've also done to discourage Bertie from digging up that plant.

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