Well first My name is Nathaniel but I normally go by Nate or Nathan. I work at UPS I love fishing an aquariums.
I have been delving into the world of the reef aquarium. I have what I feel is quite a lot of knowledge on the subject and with in the next 7 or so months(Hey its not cheap) Have a 14 gallon cube reef up with a 5 gallon refugium.
On to why I am here, I saw some stunning fresh water aquariums. I googled them and here, I found my self.
Right now I do have a small 10 gallon aquarium, it is simple just guppies(My girlfriend loves them
) and a Bristlenise pleco. I also have another 10 gallon tank I wanted to move them too while I converted to a planted aquarium.
This is where I ask for this communitys knowledge.
First is the livestock I had mentioned sutible for a planted aquarium? I hope at the very least my pleco is, as I have grown fond of him.
What type of substrate is there? and what benefits do they offer?
Water changes? How often? Should I use RO/DI water? OR just distilled water?
The big question lighting? For the tank I have now its just a cheap 2 socket hood from Wal-Mart. I also have a 18" fixture as well. In reality I would love to know what spectrum of light the plants need most, as I would rather build an LED system for my aquarium.
Easy plants to care for, In many photos I've seen moss I did some research and I think its called Java Moss. I like it. Is it easy to care for?
Well that is all I can think of right now. I know I've probably opened a can of worms. In reefing I have noticed people have "Their way" of doing things and they neglect to realize that many ways tend to work as life adapts well.
Thankyou all for the help.