So I have no idea how I ended up being obsessed with starting a freshwater planted tank but I have. I have never kept a tank in my life. I have been researching a bit for the past month or so but on a lot of the forums, the newbies are usually not as newbie as me haha. So before I go out and buy a bunch of stuff and have it die, I wanted to get as much info as humanly possible out of you guys.
I am thinking about setting up a low-light planted 12g or so. Probably will have a few ghost shrimp ( not sure how many i should have) and tetras and/or guppies? I have no idea how many of each either or if there is a better combo. Im open to any and all suggestions
So starting with substrate... am I just using something like flourite plant substrate or do i need potting soil as well or something completely different?
Then with cycling... is it best to cycle for a month or so with just water and gravel or should I do that only for a few weeks and then add plants and let that cycle for a few more weeks or should I just plant right away and let it cycle that way. What are some of your guys' suggested cycle methods ie fish food, liquid drops, ive heard of adding a raw shrimp?
As for plants, it wasnt too hard to find some good suggestions for low-light plants, but if you guys have some good places to order plants or if you have any of your own specific suggestions for plant types for a beginner, like me, let me know.
Okay next, how do I go about adding fish/shrimp? Im assuming I shouldnt be adding a bunch at one time but I am not really sure at all.
Also, any tips for lighting, filters, etc. would be helpful
And lastly, how to maintain the tank and make sure nothing dies! How often and what amount of water changes? I obviously havent bought anything yet though so i cant give specifics on filters and lighting.