Aquarium Plants

Aquarium Plants

I bought a bunch of plants for my aquarium today. I have no idea what any of them are, but the guy told me one was called a "Fox's Tail". I got about 6 plants altogether, each a different type. I tried having plants in my aquarium once upon a time, a long, long time ago, and I honestly don't remember what happened, only that it was not a successful experiment for some reason. It may have just been that my husband at the time decided he didn't like them or that they were causing some sort of problem and perhaps he just felt like taking them out. So I'm sort of looking for any tips on the success of growing these (I'll be posting on the YGG forums too). I bought "loose" plants as opposed to the ones in the little pots. Each little bunch of plants is bound up with a metal clip that I did not remove, as they are pretty heavy duty. Do I need to figure out how to remove these? Or will the plants somehow grow around them? I've gone ahead and stuck them in the tank as is, since I wasn't sure what else to do. The plants appear to be healthy, but do not seem to have any sort of root system. I'm assuming that they will grow some, as most any plant that is in water would do? Also, I looked into the tank where they have them in the store, and they just sort of had them sitting loose along the bottom. I buried the bottoms of mine in the aquarium gravel, if for no other reason than to keep them from floating around. I'm hoping I don't NEED to add any sort of sand or other material...and that these plants will just grow root systems that will keep them in place? Of course, the aquarium has a light, and also this tank is in a moderately sunny spot. In addition to wanting to make the tank look nicer and provide a better habitat for the fish, I am hoping that the plants will compete with the algae that grows in there for nutrients, thus hindering the algae from growing so much. (I do keep algae eating fish in the tank, but have not been having good luck with either of two types for the past 6+ months. They do fine for a while, and then very suddenly die for no apparant reason - I think mostly the problem is that the fish store never has mature fish of the type that I am looking for, and these little tiny things they sell me are probably not in great shape to begin with). Any sort of advice anyone would have would be most appreciated.
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Mulberry cuttings.

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