Hi, First post so go easy on me.
I've decided to try my first planted tank, hopefully get some good advise and learn as I go. I have successfully kept a reef tank for the past 5 years so no stranger to difficult aquariums.
So, of course I saw a picture of a bonsai tank and decided I need to have one. I wanted a small, all in one, rimless tank. I found a Top Fin 5 Gallon Glass Aquarium at petsmart for only $45, did a little research to find the light was capable of growing some plants so I went ahead and bought it. I also ordered a piece of bonsai driftwood i really liked (cost more than the tank lol) and 3 types of moss. golfball sized pieces of java moss, christmas moss and phoenix moss.
From what I have read moss is one of the easiest aquarium plants to grow. Hopefully this is true, I would like to keep this tank as simple as possible.
One thing I'm not sure about and definitely need advise on is what to use for substrate. I want to do 2 different colors and create a stream or path like in the pic below. Which is the pic that inspired me to do this tank.
And here is the empty tank on my kitchen table, which is probably where it will stay.
Any other advise is appreciated thanks!