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I did bare bottom tanks for years and had plant success. If you are careful and allow plants to sit on substrate held by a plant weight they do great.
For taller in the back corners Anacharis elodea densa, hornwort and Naja guadalupensis (guppy grass) do fantastic. These also make beautiful floaters. 
Anacharis

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Most ludwigia types and pennywort, and moneywort,  will do great with sand or no substrate . They grow tall but you can keep trimming the bottom to have whatever height you desire. 
 

There are hundreds of types of Buce that will do fabulous and have many varieties of height for shorter front plant (I adore Buce). 

I’ve grown all of these with mid to low light, no co2, no fertilizer, inert or no substrate  they are very easy  

Moss is a fabulous addition to glue to wood bottoms to give a fuller look  Christmas moss is the easiest for me and looks amazing  

 

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On 8/3/2023 at 6:39 PM, Guppysnail said:

Most ludwigia types

I tried Ludwigia repens rubin but no luck 😭

 

On 8/3/2023 at 6:39 PM, Guppysnail said:

Anacharis elodea densa, hornwort and Naja guadalupensis

I tried that too but they keep rotting

On 8/3/2023 at 6:39 PM, Guppysnail said:

Buce

I used to put them in wood but they melt too

On 8/3/2023 at 6:39 PM, Guppysnail said:

Christmas moss

I used to glue them in the driftwood but they keep melting

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Is there any other plant other than in the list?

On 8/3/2023 at 6:39 PM, Guppysnail said:

I did bare bottom tanks for years and had plant success. If you are careful and allow plants to sit on substrate held by a plant weight they do great.
For taller in the back corners Anacharis elodea densa, hornwort and Naja guadalupensis (guppy grass) do fantastic. These also make beautiful floaters. 
Anacharis

42A29C2C-75A3-4BFD-8711-132FE2FFAD28.jpeg.08dec41d53c982f08efbc0b79dde8957.jpeg

hornwortD38BC3C7-B2BB-4900-BD4A-7A5FED610609.jpeg.f4972de87afca1eca637617163bc236a.jpeg

guppy grass119345CF-46AE-42F5-A908-E0795DBF8904.jpeg.8cc291c575226309a3cea2107720b03a.jpeg

Most ludwigia types and pennywort, and moneywort,  will do great with sand or no substrate . They grow tall but you can keep trimming the bottom to have whatever height you desire. 
 

There are hundreds of types of Buce that will do fabulous and have many varieties of height for shorter front plant (I adore Buce). 

I’ve grown all of these with mid to low light, no co2, no fertilizer, inert or no substrate  they are very easy  

Moss is a fabulous addition to glue to wood bottoms to give a fuller look  Christmas moss is the easiest for me and looks amazing  

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It is hard to say why some plants melt. It could be a transition to being submerged, having been grown out of the water. It can also be water parameters, as plants do have preferences just like fish. They can often adjust, but that can be accompanied by a melt-down period as well. Some plants like cooler water than others. Like certain terrestrial plants some easily "burn" under too high a light (or being too close to it at the surface), others need tons of light.

The best way I know to make it all easy, is to try one of a lot of different plants that you think will generally like your set-up and see which ones flourish... then, double down on what works and don't get any more of those that don't.

Some plants get their nutrients either mostly from the water, others mostly from the substrate. If you have water column feeders, then all you do is test your water to maintain some nitrates (not nitrites nor ammonia) and dose a liquid fertilizer like Easy Green. You can plant many of these, although I prefer to float them or mount them to rocks/wood.

If you are using plants that feed from the substrate, then you would likely want a nutrient rich substrate, or root tabs in the sand/gravel. If there is no substrate, then you can still have these types of plants successfully by having/leaving them in pots and add root tabs to those.

In my experience, water column feeders (like java fern, most mosses, Pogostemon Stellatus Octopus and Brazilian Pennywort are some of my favorties) are generally the easiest. The PSO and BP can also be planted without use of aqua-soils or root tabs.

Hope that helps. Thanks.

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