I haven't had an aquarium in years and never one with plants but I just set up a new 20 gallon freshwater tank. What I was hoping for is advice on which plants and fish to go with (for a beginner) if I give specifics. I'd really appreciate any help.
Tank size: 20 gallons
Filter: Fluval 104
Heater (yep, got one of those too)
Substrate: Black Aqua Terra sand mixed with standard gravel
Ammonia levels are down (yay)
One ornament and one medium sized piece of Malaysian driftwood so far
Now! I've been reading dozens of books from the library on fish and plant profiles but I know that us normal folk have different experiences than experts writing these books (can't expect a fish or plant to Always react the same way).
I would like to stay away from any form of Sword plant and it's likely I'll need plants that are low to medium light. I want to create a proper habitat for whatever fish and plants I end up with.
For fish, I would really prefer something that both is and looks a little hardier. It's not a huge tank so I want to keep the amount of fish down but I'd like them to have some size, over 2.5 inches as adults if possible.
I'm not in a rush to get this going, it's enough to have the water circulating already and I'd like to have it stabilized for a good month before adding fish. I just want to make sure it's a healthy tank!
Thanks for any help you guys can give me!