OK so I have plants arriving via mail tomorrow, and I was wondering if I should fill the tank and plant after, or is it easier to do with a little water then fill?? It is a mineralized soil substrate with 1 and 1/2inches of gravel over top.
A couple of questions, I'm not cycling the tank as I won't be putting fish in for a while. I had just assumed that would be ok with a planted tank and then thought again, does not cycling effect the plants in anyway??
And, I have a Fluval external and it came with a carbon media bag, does carbon take anything out of the water that the plants would use??
Prob a couple of noob questions but hey thats what a forums for!
Oh this is how its looking before I start,
I was pretty unsure about gravel sizes, so have ended up with an inch of mineralized soil, then an inch of 2mm black sand/gravel and topped of with the larger gravel you can see.
My plants were a bit hit and miss, tried to read up....then got a bit impatient and ordered the following,
3 x Cardamine lyrata
1 x Assorted Anubias sp. x 3
1 x Echinodorus amazonnicus
3 x Cryptocoryne becketii
1 x Echinodorus grandifolius
2 x Nomaphila stricta
2 x Hemianthus micranthemoides, pearl grass
feel free to laugh at any terrilble decisions!! Then warn me so I don't plant them