Cool. I would do some DIY CO2 if you don't have a current setup.
Thanks for the suggestion. I currently have a paintball setup on my 20 gallon tank so what I plan on doing down the road is buying a larger (5#) tank and putting that on the 20 and then moving the paintball to this tank. That's going to be a bit down the road though since right now I'm just growing plants "for fun" before I really finalize and decide on a layout to pursue.
Speaking of planning the layout, I just posted this to the aquascaping forum, but I figured it makes sense to include in the journal as well.
I wanted to get people's opinion on if this layout would be possible or not.
I am planning to do a dutch layout with three tiers that gradually get larger from front to back. The foreground plants are my main concern
The layout is here
HC being dwarf baby tears, and UG being utricularia graminifolia.
I essentially want the baby tears to be the first "step" and then behind that the UG and then behind that the taller stem plants so it essentially steps up from 1 inch or so off the substrate to 3-5 when it gets to the UG with the stem plants arching across the back with the corners being around 6-7 inches tall and the middle plants being the full 9 inches (stem plants themselves being shorter, but height relative to bottom of tank).
Another question I had would be when/how to plant such that things grow in correctly without running over each other. I'm thinking it would be best to DSM the HC with some kind of divider in the tank keeping it confined to the semi-circular area. Does anyone have any experience with this idea or will everything shift and be ruined when I remove the divider?
Also ignore the stem plant selection as that has changed. Instead I am thinking of having a gradient/fade from red to green with plants with similar stem and leaf structure. I was planning on having a very deep red plant in the middle then either myrio tuberculum red or proserpinaca palustris immediately to either side, then next to that myrio mattogrossense so it fades from middle to each side going red to green.
Any tips, comments, or critiques are greatly appreciated as well as stem plant ideas that will help me achieve the look im going for.