Hello! I'm new to this forum and to the world of planted aquariums. It's been several years since I had fish and I'm only on day three of cycling my 10 gallon. It came with a hood, light, and 15W full spectrum daylight bulb.
My problems with wanting to grow plants start with the substrate. I decided yesterday that a tropical aquarium with live plants sounded fantastic. Of course, I'd already bought medium-sized gravel and filled the tank with water. Not ideal! So I will list my questions below.
-Is there a way to get plant-friendly substrate under the larger gravel without draining the tank? I'm sure this is just wishful thinking.
-Is a Coralife T-8 25W good for plant growth 10 gallon?
-How, exactly, do I anchor moss to the aquarium floor? I've read about using fishing line to anchor it, but to what exactly? I understand the concept when it comes to driftwood or decorations, and I've seen the mesh frames that are used to create moss walls, but I'm not sure how to get moss to stay where you plant it without floating away.
-Do I need to add an extra air line and bubbler with plants or will the filter provide enough oxygen for both fish and plants?
-What water conditions are needed to start planting? I don't have a pH test kit yet, but it's on the shopping list.
-How long should I let plants have the tank to themselves before adding fish? Should I wait until after the first pruning?
I know this is long and it's a lot of questions. I have been researching but I feel like I might be more confident going into this if I posted myself. I am on a budget, so taking my time is NO problem. Researching is all I can do until next pay day.
Thank you if you read this far! Hopefully I'll get some good advice here. I'm going to patrol the threads now.