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Need help! HC questions, along with lighting, substrate, and aquascaping!

Hey guys!

Tearing down a 10 gallon for a while, as some may know, but I have some... uhh... speed bumps.

I want to grow Hemianthus Callitrichoides (Also known as HC, and sometimes Dwarf Baby Tears), but lighting is kinda an issue as of late. I need a strong enough light to grow some nice, healthy, compact Hemianthus Callitrichoides, but can't find anything under like $80. I've seen Archea, Ray II, FishNeedIt fixtures, none really fit the budget. Any way to grow it with maybe a DIY fixture? I'll DIY anything, I just dunno what to look for. If you have any ideas on a reasonably priced fixture, or how to inexpensively DIY something (Or even better, have a good one lying around, with no further use for that you could sell), please let me know!!

For you soil-planted-tankers, how the heck am I supposed to aquascape with dirt being stirred up every time I messed with the tank?? I like the idea of rich, inexpensive soil, capped with sand, just seems really messy to me.

Anyone know of a type of aquarium-safe rock that preferably doesn't mess with pH, and doesn't break the bank (I speak of Seiryu stone here)? I just want a few good sized, rough edged stones that would give a nice touch to the tank.

Any good wood that goes with it? Type of wood? Got a piece lying around you could part with, that would work well?

What about other plants? Can you think of any that would compliment a carpet of HC?

There, done peppering you with questions, lol. Maybe someone kind out there has some time, and can answer a few of my questions. My primary question is the lighting question, answer it if you can!!

No matter how hard you try, you cannot escape this hobby. You have been warned.
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