Backing Into a Planted Tank
Hi all, jumped back into the aquarium hobby after 20 years and started the same way I left off, lots of plastic and a couple rocks and an air stone in a 75 gallon community tank.
Today the Internet gives us more information and exposure to new ideas, my new tank was looking, I felt, amateurish. Out with the fake driftwood, in with real pieces, out with the most fake looking plants, and learned how to run the tank without an air stone.
I really enjoy the hardscaping look of an aquarium but I'd like to find out if I can get rid of the remaining plastic plants and add some real, low light plants to compliment the rocks and driftwood. Will buenos airies tetras, tiger barbs, danios, a couple Balas, rainbow shark, and our favorites, cuckoo cats and gold nugget pleco rule us out of having real plants? I just want to avoid chewed up, bare plants.
I'm currently filtering with an Emperor 400 and a marineland c360 cannister, lighting is a newer model Beamswork hi lumen LED, no plant light but seems bright enough for low light plants. What's your opinion, if I can, what plants would you suggest?
Thanks for you comments and suggestions, here is a pic of what the tank currently looks like.