I have a bare bottom tank for my two Orandas. I started out with gravel and decided to remove it. I did a water change today and decided to alter the tank a bit more. I received a few suggestions for bare tanks and one included adding Mapani and or driftwood for live plants. I removed the fake plants as it looked odd in a bare bottom tank and purchased a bubble disk which is working much better than the wand.
I brought the Mapani home, boiled it for about five hours then allowed it to sit in room temperature water. I then changed out the water for a larger bucket so that it can sit overnight. Appears that the tannis from the wood is no longer bleeding. When I changed the cooler water, the water was no longer a tea color. It ran clear....will see what the water yields tomorrow.
I swung by a few pet stores. Petco had a fern that is sold on decorative shapes ornaments. They look really nice however I declined to purchase because the fern was in tanks with schools and communities of fish. I was worried about what I might be bringing home to my girls. .
Our one and only reputable aquatic store, I'm in charleston, SC were all out of fern. Wish my options were better.
My question is what other types of plants would be good for attaching to Mapani that are fancy goldfish friendly? I have an automatic light control that runs for four hours in the morning and three hours in the evening. Please if you will kindly recommend the ease of growth and the amount of light source needed if known. The temp in my tank is 69 degrees not sure of this information is helpful or not.
Also I thought of using suctions attached to the side glass for holding some plants as well to give the impression of a fuller look. Is this to farfetched?
Finally how are the plants attached to the wood? I was advised by a Petco associate that all aquarium plants must be anchored by covering with gravel which I do not have. I knew this to be incorrect as I have seen many tanks without any gravel.