I have recently torn down my 120 (60Ē x 18Ē X 26Ē tall) and am redoing it from the substrate up. Iím thinking about aquascapes. I have rainbowfish ó which are large compared to the smattering of tetras that I see in many gorgeous planted tanks where the focus is obviously plants. I am drawn to two different styles: driftwood draped in mosses and java and anubias nana, and then, by contrast, the Dutch style with all stem plants.
Currently, Iím leaning towards the latter, so the topic for THIS thread is: how to begin? My tank is fully cycled since I just transferred the fish and filter that I already had going to the same tank after moving it to a new room in my house and stripping it. Right now, itís bare bottom with one small piece of driftwood which has a good assortment of column feeders attached. (The rest of this tankís previous iterations had a lot of Pennywort and other common plants all overgrown like a jungle. I almost just sold out... but then I couldnít kill the fish I had left, so I decided to re-up).
So: I have CO2, delivered via a cerges, and new lights: a hybrid fixture with 4 HO T-5 bulbs over the tank and also 2 AI Prime LEDs over the right and left center of the tank. So: plenty of light.
I love Buce... and many other stem plants. My inspirations currently come from Tom Barr and Joe Harvey. I love especially this tank: https://www.advancedplantedtank.com/...s/joe-harvey-1
and this one:
So the questions are:
1) How to start with Dutch: are there plants that are better suited to a newer tank? Or do I blow a wad of cash on a bunch of stems and start right in?
2) I already have great dosing ferts. Do I need to use a substrate, or can I use root tabs? (And can someone tell me where to buy the latter ó I forget! Thanks!)
OK. Thatís all for now. ANY help/sense of direction (with specific plant names) would be SO appreciated!