Adding Plants To Aquarium

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Hello, is it okay to add live plants to an aquarium that has fish for a month but no plants? I have ordered a few that may arrive this week. I dont have soil substrate in it either.
The plants i ordered include dwarf water lily, java moss, duck weed, hair grass and dwarf hair grass.
I have 3 male guppies, 5 female guppies and 3 neon tetras in a 10 gallon tank.
I would really appreciate any help on this.
 

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Adding plants should be fine, you don't necessarily need soil to grow them. You may want to look into some liquid fertilizers and root tabs however to ensure that the plants get the proper nutrients. The grasses and lily bulb will benefit from the root tabs, the rest obtain nutrients from the water column.

You've got some stocking issues though, if you'd like help with that.
 

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The hair grass will have an issue depending on your substrate and light.

The only stock issue is the tetras.
IME, the hairgrass will survive, just not propogate...I have some in a low light setup and they're looking good other than not sending out runners. Should be okay if the OP isn't trying for a carpet.

I was trying not to derail the thread with stocking issues, but that many guppies won't do well in a 10g IMO. Especially once fry are in the picture. In a 10g, I would do a trio of males only.
 
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I was planning on getting rid of the guppies(not culling them though) and keeping tetras. But I have to keep the guppies for a month for the time being until I can give it to a friend.
I have ordered some sand along with the plants. But i think I will need some growth tabs for the plants still.
 

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In case you are interested petco is having their dollar per gallon sale now, both the neons and the guppies would love a 20long, whichever you decide to keep
Add the plants when you get them, make sure you have a good plant specific light, and ferts and maybe co2 for dwarf hair grass
 
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In case you are interested petco is having their dollar per gallon sale now, both the neons and the guppies would love a 20long, whichever you decide to keep
Add the plants when you get them, make sure you have a good plant specific light, and ferts and maybe co2 for dwarf hair grass
Thank you. But i live in a place that do not have petco.
 
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IME, the hairgrass will survive, just not propogate...I have some in a low light setup and they're looking good other than not sending out runners. Should be okay if the OP isn't trying for a carpet.

I was trying not to derail the thread with stocking issues, but that many guppies won't do well in a 10g IMO. Especially once fry are in the picture. In a 10g, I would do a trio of males only.
I found some Aquarium soil at the pet shop the other day. There was only a handful of soil left there, and hence I put it in a small plate and filled the rest of it with sand and planted the hair grass. Did the same with the dwarf lily as well.
 
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