Well I've always wanted a planted tank, but because mine was already established and happy with plastic plants I was wary. I read online and figured out how to switch it over. I took out over half the old gravel, let it sit for two days. Then I rinsed the fluorite, I didn't think it was that bad but then I realized I needed to rinse it again so it sucked. It didn't even cloud the water as much as taking out the gravel did. The I put the plants in and decorated. I had to block off part of the cave on the right because I wanted my catfish to use it. He thinks otherwise.
I know this is going to sound terrible, but I don't really know what my plants are. I just got what the guy at the store said was easy to keep and was in the low-light tank. Plus a couple others that I now know are going to be temporary at best (hah). I guess it's going to be trial and error until I get the hang of this plant thing.
Tomorrow I'm going to get better lights, inexpensive CO2 (the kits at stores) and a new heater because mine crapped out today. I'm not totally sure what kind of lights I'll end up with, but I think I'm going to do around 2-3wpg? Right now it's at 1. I was going to do DIY CO2 but it's just easier for me to get the kit with the diffuser and the tubing all in one place.
1 Blue gourami
5 Gold Tetras
2 Gold Barbs
4 Long-finned Rosy Barbs
1 Red-tailed Black Shark
1 Striped Talking Catfish
1 Blond Rubber-nosed Pleco
Note how dull the gourami is.
The gourami looks sooo much better.
What is this plant? Somehow I forgot its name in between the store and home. ><
Anyway, my fish look so much happier already. They are all swimming around happily, picking at the plants, it's awesome! The male gold tetras fins turned bright red and have been harassing the females constantly. The gold barbs and the red-tailed black shark have staked out under the drift wood. I'm hoping the talking catfish will take over the cave, but he's apparently found somewhere better to hide. I also moved my solar system poster down a few feet so it's like a background for the tank. Fish in space!
Advice? Comments? Criticism?