20 Gallon Tank Help
Hey all, so I've spent a lot of birthday money and some personal money in greatly upgrading a 20 gallon tank into a planted tank. I've bought flourite black sand as well as a finnex ray2 ds light. I also have a co2 system ready to get installed. Everything is scheduled to arrive by thursday so I still have a few days to do more research.
My plan is to make a carpet of dwarf hair grass, with a 'tower' of driftwood with christmas moss, java fern and anubius nana growing on it. I also have some funky plant I don't know the name of, but its a nice deep purple when there's high enough iron levels (which I have flourish iron suppliments for).
I've had the driftwood for about a week now, and its been sitting in a bucket getting waterlogged, as well as removing all the tannins.
I do have a few questions. First, whats the easiest way to get the dwarf hair grass to grow? I have some in another tank which I've had for a while and it barely seems to grow. Should I add some root tabs to the substraite? I've read places about 'dry planting' can anyone give me an idea as to what that is and if it works? Should I plant what hairgrass I have in one large patch or break it up and plant small bunches all over?
Also, once I have the carpet grown, will the tank have any need for bottom feeders. Currently the tank which I'll be redoing, has a stripped raphael catfish, and 4 cory catfish. Should I leave them in, or will they damage the carpet, or worse die? Is there any bottom feeders/algea eaters you'd reccommend?
Any other advice would be appreciated.