Hi everyone, I'm new. I've had tanks without plants before, but this will be my first attempt at a planted tank. Being a total noob, I'm going for a low-tech setup.
Husband and I are stationed in southern Arizona until the winter and we had our first son here last year. I wanted to make a tank that would reflect his native state that we can take with us when we leave.
We've collected local rocks, boiled them and scrubbed them. They did not fizz with white vinegar. The water is extremely hard out here, so I doubt they'll have much pH effect in the long term. They have been sitting in the tank for a week and no pH change so far. They seem to be a mix of sandstone and quartzite.
This is our set-up :
I'm hoping to plant some tall plants in the back and stick with smaller plants in the foreground on both sides. I'd like to maintain my "river" of rocks unplanted and tie some moss to my driftwood.
A simple 10G tank
Floramax substrate, a bit of natural river rock pebbles and local rocks
2x13W 6,500K CFL bulbs
I'm going to the specialty LFS tomorrow (a 90 mile drive!) and want to make it count. What kind of plants should I get? Thanks!