I have a simple little 60L tropical tank at the moment, set up as I imagine many initially are: cheap gravel, a few standard plants and a bunch of fish.
While looking for a decent 'aquarist' forum, I stumbled across TPT here, and have had my eyes opened to what is possible with plants! So that's what I want to have a go at...
I'm in the UK, so need stuff that I can get here, or Amazon/online/etc, as my LFS (Maidenhead Aquatics) is pretty good for fish, but not so much for plants.
I think I'd like to re-work my tank to use a substrate more suitable for plants, so have been looking at getting some Tetra Plant Complete Substrate
, perhaps with a covering of something else, but I'm not sure I need it.
Tetra Plant Substrate 5.8kg Specially formulated planting substrate, for long-term fertilisation. Creates ideal environment for aquatic plants, ensuring long-term release of key nutrients Contains high quality mix of sand and black peat, with high iron and trace element content Optimum grain size for rapid development of healthy roots Free of nitrates and phosphates to prevent algae growth Application Add a 2cm deep layer of Complete Substrate to the base of the aquarium, and then cover with 2-3
Next will be some plants - they need to be something pretty hardy and beginner-friendly, as I have no idea really about my light-levels, fertilising, etc.
I've worked out that my light is about 1.5W/Gal, but that's based on the label, so let's assume a 'low-light' 1W/Gal.
My pH is about 7.8 according to my Seneye, but it's currently going down. Free Ammonia is currently on a scary rise (0.017), so I'm doing more frequent 10% water-changes.
I guess I should also identify the plants I already have!
I think this is an Anubias Nana
I think this is some sort of Cabomba?
Not sure what this is
Any other tips or suggestions welcome!