The correct plant growth and appearance of the aquarium can be affected by proper preparation of the plants as well as the proper placement in the ground.
Mounting stones and controlling where the roots go is important as well. After unpacking the plant, put it in the same temperature water that the aquarium is at.
If the plant comes in a pot, first gently remove it from the pot, then carefully remove the wool from the roots of the plant. Bunched plants are a little different in preparation. First, take the lid and the foam tape off, then remove the plant from the T/C CUP-in vitrpo. Last make sure to put the roots of the plant under running water to remove any of the gel on the plant.
Now that the plants are clean, remove damaged or rotten leaves and dead, brown or black roots. Remove leaves at the base of the stems (which is planted in the ground). Shorten very long roots (for a length of approximately 1”); use sharp scissors (stainless steel), not your fingers. Also remove the eggs of snails or slugs, if there are any.
Proceed to the place and arrange all the plants. They can be planted before or after partially filling the aquarium with water. It is easier to do this when the tank is partially filled up, as the soil will settle in when inmerged. Tall plants should be planted in the back of the aquarium, with small and short ones in the front. Always start with the small plants. Follow the principle of contrasting: place red plants next to the green ones, and feathery leaves next to plants with oval leaves.
Planting in groups:
- Use a maximum of 3-4 large plants like Echinodorus,
- Use 5-6 middle plants as Cryptocorynas, Anubias
- Use 8-10 small ones, such as Cabomba, Ludwigia, Rotala also vallisneria,
- Use carpet plants, depending on the placement of small groups; in section of about 1”
- Use plants with strong root systems that are carefully planted in the ground
- Rosette plants should be planted in a hole and covered to the uncolored leaves
- Tubers need to be sanded into two thirds of their height
- Rhizomes are planted on a slight slant and are not covered fully
- Poorly rooted stem plants placed in the ground to a depth of two nodes
- Floating plants should take a max of 10-20% of the surface water
- All plants must be planted in such a way that the light can reach the highest of its leaves, even the smaller ones
- After inserting the plant in their holes, the roots should not be bent and should not protrude above the ground
- Lightly cover the driftwoods, being careful not to damage or pinch the base of the shoot of the plant.
We wish you success in the cultivation of aquatic plants.