Seeking advice on plants...
I finally have my first planted tank off to a start, a pathetic start to be sure, but a start non the less. Unfortunately I have run into a few problems, mainly due to impulse buying... I will spare you most of the details in the interest of keeping this brief.(Skip to the last paragraph to keep it really brief)
I am using a 20 gallon as my starter tank. I have two HO T5 bulbs, between both bulb I have about 50 watts at 6500K, witch I think is ample for what I have planned, although some of you may disagree. I have laid down one bag of Seachem Flourite, initially I was going to do two, but I thought one would be enough. I now know that I was wrong, but I think it is too late to fix that problem with out going through a great deal of trouble. I have no CO2 yet, but I plan on adding it in the future.
Anyways, I made the mistake of purchasing my first plants from Petcetra, only because my LFS didn't have any at the time. I bought some Mondo Grass and what I thought was an Amazon sword. After doing some research I am sure that I was actually sold a Brazilian sword and I also figured out Mondo grass and Brazilian swords are not true aquarium plants and will die in about a month or two... I also bought some cabomba which I am having a miserable time trying to keep in the Flourite..
I now realize after failing to buy some decent plants, I could use some advice on what plants I should be buying. I have two pairs of German Rams, so I would like to have plants that are indigenous to South America, but also plants that don't demand a great deal to care for. I am also thinking I would like to have a nice carpet plant to overrun the aquarium floor, but I am not so sure if that is a good idea. Anyways sorry for the long winded spiel, some good advice and some helpful pointers would really be appreciated.