Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: On a green rickshaw
Trying something new, but not without help
Greetings from a long-time reader and admirer, recent poster and user. I have on my hands a 10 gallon tank that I would like to transform into a jewel of an aquarium. Yes, high hopes abound.
I would like to carpet the substrate in a plant of some kind - the names chain sword, dwarf hairgrass, glossostigma, hemianthus cuba, brazilian micro sword, crystalwort, willow moss and java moss seem bandied around the most. Which, if any, make good "starter" plants? Which will I have the most success with?
In terms of light fixtures, the 20in, 36W compact lighthouse hood sold by catalina aquariums was recommended to me. What are some comparable light fixtures?
I also am a tad overwhelmed by the choices in substrate - ecocomplete, flourite, sand, aquasoil, etc. Any advice in this arena?
I anticipate fertalizing the tank as needed and, though I would rather not have to, am not entirely adverse to setting up a dIY co2 system.
So I suppose I'm mainly caught up in the lighting/substrate conundrum...where to begin?
Last edited by aude; 08-19-2010 at 02:15 PM.