1) Assuming you have adequate light and nutrients, easy beginner plants are java moss, sword plants, ludwigia, pennywort, java fern, floating plants, and vallisneria. There are many more but these are some of the more common ones.Hi I'm extremely new, and I am getting a small tank soon that I would like to put some live plants in. I've looked around this forum, and I've seen many amazing tanks that are full of live plants. I don't plan for mine to look close to the ones I've seen on here, but I need some advice on ways to maintain a small aquarium with live plants in it. I want to make sure that my tank is healthy. When I found this forum, it seemed like a good place to get advice from people who have a lot of experience with aquariums. So here are some questions that I have.
1. What are some good beginner plants that you would recommend I get for my tank?
2. Do you have just some general advice on maintaining live plants?
3. Is it a bad idea to put some artificial plants in with the live plants?
Thank you for helping me plan my tank and learn how to keep it healthy.
2) My advice is to research a bunch. How you go about this depends on your preferred method. Personally I like watching videos and reading forums. Youtube channels to watch include George Farmer, Green Aqua, and Aquapros. There are others but those are my favorites, especially as a newbie looking for beginner advice. Those channels have a range of content from beginner to advanced. For forums check on the journal section here and read through some journals. Find one where you like the design and concept and emulate it.
3) There is nothing wrong with plastic plants mixed with real. Most folks here don't use them because once you start growing real plants its hard to get too excited about plastic.