New to planted tanks :-)
Hey everyone! Thought i would drop in, say hello. I am not new to fish, just plants. Recently just finished cycling a 20Gal Tall. Yes, i am annoyed that i did not spend the extra $20 for the 30. Maybe later :-)
I have in my tank... A moss ball!!! I know, very elaborate. I do however feel that i might just have room for more. Right now the tank is dominated by a hideous bubbler waterfall thing that is way too big the tank but was a gift from a close friend because the tank was "too boring". So since he spent so much on it, i put it in. Sigh.
Ok so basics, no fish yet, i have some corys in mind to start but my lfs current stock looks half dead, and my areas selection is obsolete. We are talking petsmart or a mom and pop that tried telling me a 10gal could keep a pleco and multiple goldfish. Needless to say i walked. While i wait however, id like to make an attempt at planting. I have gravel right now, which I'm going to start slowly switching to partial sand for the corys. I am getting a java fern from a friends tank but so far thats it. I only have the basic LED lights that came with the kit (topfin). Im also waiting on supplies to build some caves myself. I ordered smooth river rock in black and turquoise and some aquarium acrylic to do them myself. I also got some needlepoint mesh so i can do some moss carpet/wall.
Ok so i would love some suggestions please. I asked on another site and was given links that had names of plants. I know java moss and java fern are supposed to be ok for low light low tech. I want to start slow. So i was thinking some sort of moss, it does grow slow lol.
I know you need the tank specs, so:
Nitrate: 15 (ish, it fluctuates a point or two)
I was told i have soft water, i have a new test kit coming in a few days so ill have the gh and kh soon. Petsmart does it for me for free, but I've never gotten those two numbers.
I would really appreciate some pointers, ideas.. Especially before i start my rock caves. Im obviously not going completely natural (blue black caves lol) but close.. And im not a big fan of driftwood, maybe after i get this stupid bubblefall out of the tank. :-D