call me dumb what do you need to plant lives plants in your fish aquarium i have fake plants right now
If you want rooted plants, you need a two or three inch thick gravel or sand substrate. You can also put plants in a clay pot with aquarium gravel and no or little substrate. Different plants have different needs, and some of the fussy ones require special lighting, fertilization and carbon dioxide supplementation.
Some of the easier, cheaper plants will benefit from a substrate supplement like laterite or fluorite, or from liquid or tablet fertilizers. The slow growing, rooted plants are fairly easy to grow; some examples are Java fern and the crypt and anubias families.
Fast growing, floating plants do well in most aquariums and actually improve water quality by ingesting toxins. Hornwort and water sprite are examples. Pet shops may not have the plants you want and probably have quite a few you don't want. An example of something you may not want is a marginal plant that needs to grow with green parts exposed to air.
If you can't find the plants you want, try Aquabid.com.
You will also need fluoresent lighting. The standard flouresent aquarium/plant tubes will be fine for most floating plants and for low light rooted plants. You will get better results if you upgrade to daylight (6500k) tube(s) as they are a closer match to sunlight. A couple more plant suggestions would be bulb plants like dwarf water lilly or aponogeton.
Can you plant Hornwort in a clay pot with gravel instead of floating it?
In my experience, hornwort does not do well as a rooted plant. In fact, it usually will not grow roots. Cabomba and anacharis will grow roots.
I've read that Hornwort requires special lighting, and should I use fertilize supplements and if so, what kind?
None of my aquariums has special lighting, and the fish provide most of the plant food. For some reason, hornwort will not grow in all aquariums. I suspect it's temperature related. Living in Phoenix means things stay pretty warm, and hornwort grows well in all the aquariums. The one thing that slows it is lots of turbulence on the water surface. In addition, hornwort seems to grow better when it's fairly dense in the aquarium. A few small hunks in a big aquarium usually do not thrive.
One more thought on lighting. Since hornwort grows on the water surface, it gets most of the light. That helps control algae by blocking some of the light and using some of the nutrients that would otherwise feed algae.
some fish like to eat them vegetarians so to speak make sure you have good substrate its afine black sandy from the carribian, its good for the plants. i have 1 live plant i left in the container so the fish dont get at the roots there is also feed for the plants you can get at walmart to help the flourish.
Can you put a certain scottish wild plant in with your fish?
also how do you tell if they are male or female?
Hornwort grow in water temperatures between 10 - 30 C and
a PH range of 5.0 - 8.0. I have it in a fifty gallon tank with Flora sun max plant growth fluorescent lighting. It can take root but takes a vary long time to do so also as it grows taller, the lower leaves will fall off like pine needles.
you would need live plants