10 Gallon Tank Is it possible to add plants to an established non planted tank?

Calcal1236

I'm kinda new at plants, I'm setting op a planted shrimp tank but I would like to know how to add plants to my 10 gal. I don't have any plants in it. It has 4 white skirt tetras and I got some fake plants but I want to know what plants I can easily add and how to do that. I assume when I add them it will start going through the nitrogen cycle, will that be dangerous for the fish? I mainly want to have them to help clean up the water and to lower the pH cuz mine has gotten kinda high. Like about 7-8
 

carsonsgjs

There are loads of easy plants you can try as a beginner. Anubias and java fern can be attached to wood and rocks and go right in, for example. Adding them wont affect your cycle though - is your tank fully cycled?

plants also wont help lower your ph either. To be honest though, a ph of 7 to 8 is fine for most fish.
 
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awilkinson871

Adding plants will not affect your cycle in fact it will help to reduce nitrates and other mineral present in water. Plants do not generally affect ph either. To add plants just pick out what you want and add it. Just research to see if the plant just be planted in the substrate or attached to decor/rocks/driftwood. I googled easy aquarium plants and found a list when I was selecting mine. Just remember you will also have to use either a rood tab or liquid fertilizer or both depending on what plants you choose.
 
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Calcal1236

There are loads of easy plants you can try as a beginner. Anubias and java fern can be attached to wood and rocks and go right in, for example. Adding them wont affect your cycle though - is your tank fully cycled?

plants also wont help lower your ph either. To be honest though, a ph of 7 to 8 is fine for most fish.
I don't have any live plants in the tank, so I don't think it could cycle. I want to get some java Fern and attach it to some drift wood and put it into the tank just to help the fish. Is that possible?
 
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StarGirl

Welcome to Fishlore! :)

Plants do not cause your tank to cycle. Fish will cause it to cycle though. How long has the tank been running? You may want to read what the Aquarium Nitrogen Cycle is. ;) Just click on the highlighted words.
 
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Calcal1236

Welcome to Fishlore! :)

Plants do not cause your tank to cycle. Fish will cause it to cycle though. How long has the tank been running? You may want to read what the Aquarium Nitrogen Cycle is. ;) Just click on the highlighted words.
I got my tank and fish at the start of the year, so about 6 months. One of the fish dies bout a month ago but the others are healthy. So adding some java Fern and driftwood won't harm the tank?
 
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StarGirl

I got my tank and fish at the start of the year, so about 6 months. One of the fish dies bout a month ago but the others are healthy. So adding some java Fern and driftwood won't harm the tank?
No not at all. It will only help.
 
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Mudminnow

Also, I would add that the plants will transition more easily for you, because your tank is already cycled. I have found that cycling stresses the plants too.
 
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