Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: San Francisco, CA
Unfortunately, your LFS lied to you. That mondo grass is a terrestrial plant that will slowly die in a truly aquatic tank. I don't know why, but they like selling plants that will never live in an aquarium. Ever wonder why they weren't packaged to be submersed in water?
Go to the SwapnShop section and ask for a nano package. They may send you some moss, fine leaved stem plants, and other such small plants.
Rexgrigg.com will help you a lot. Read it twice, then search on this forum, and then finally you may ask a question.
And you don't want a 50/50 watt bulb. You'll want a 6,500k bulb. 10,000k is white but it's a little too blue for planted tanks. Also 9w will really limit you on plants, as most low tech plants get very large. You may want to go get another 9w fixture.
And go get ADA Aquasoil Amazonia. It's a nice black color and it's the best substrate IMO/IME. That inert gravel won't be nice on your plant roots, unless you get some finer gravel.
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