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Hi! I'm hoping to set up my first planted "tank" for my office desk. Tried reading up on various aspects of tanks and frankly I'm a little overwhelmed. Here's a run through of what I'm thinking and perhaps more experienced tankers could shed some insights.
What I already have:
* free sunlight (indirect, medium I'd guess)
* 6 x 6 x 6 glass vase that holds a little shy of 1G
* very lonely marimo
What I'd like to have:
* No CO2 tank, booster/liquid works.
* Nothing that moves - fish, shrimps, snails, cats, babies, etc.
* Anubias barteri var. nana petite
* Cryptocoryne Parva
* Dwarf Sagittaria
* Narrow Leaf Chain Sword
* Micro sword
* Bacopa Monnieri
Dwarf Baby Tears because it needs high light
Dwarf Hair Grass because it needs high light
* Maybe tiny rocks/driftwood
* Get a gf for lonely marimo
* White gravel to contrast against green plants
With all those above in mind, I have a few questions. As this "tank" will have multiple plants, I would think that it needs soil like substrate. I went to a LFS and they said gravel alone would be fine, but I'm not convinced? Before I went, I was thinking 3/4"~1" of soil and 1/2" of gravel. I also read that very compact substrate can create anaerobic condition, choking roots. And since this has very little water movement (I'd do water changes if needed), maybe I should worry about that? Get sand instead? Am I overthinking? I just want the best for my plants.
Anything I'm overlooking besides substrate issue? Thanks in advance for any inputs!
Last edited by MonsterMoss; 04-09-2015 at 02:47 AM.
Reason: ETA: booster/liquid works