Semi newb need plant/substrate suggestions for fluval spec III 2.6g
So I thought I knew a fair amount about tank keeping before I found this site haha after reading around some of the threads I have realized just how much I don't know. So my questions are as follows:
I have a new fluval spec III and want to do fully planted, proper substrate, the whole shebang but I honestly am a little overwhelmed by all the varying information out there that I have no idea where even to begin. As of now I am not planning to do CO2, but would that limit my selection too much? And will the stock lighting on the spec be enough to sustain plants? I can't seem to find w straight answer on that
Any help is much appreciated
So, for substrate what's the best? I have a bag of Eco-complete, but I have also heard about activ-flora and floramax. Would it be beneficial to mix a few different ones?
Also do I need a sand/gravel cap? And if so what do you recommend
As for plants, I want to create a driftwood/rock cave and cover it with some type of hanging moss to give a willow tree effect, but I need something that will work for the nano. Anything that doesn't need a lot of trimming or co2 but all options welcome
I also want some type of fore ground carpeting plant or grass but I have no idea about these
And what for taller or leaved plants? Anything that won't outgrow the tank?
For pebbles I have a ton of beautiful smooth marble and Quartz amount others that I picked myself off a beach, can I just boil them and use them or is it more of a process?
And lastly I love the red/pink hues I have seen in my LFS planted tanks, any of these colored species work for nano tanks?
Thanks already for even bothering to read through all that, I know what look I want but after days of Internet research I'm no closer to getting started. And let me know if there is something I have not considered