I'm new to planted tanks, and I wanted to get someone's opinion. I have a 20gal high, moderate lighting, black diamond blasting sand, and I'm still debating doing the mineralized topsoil or just dosing ferts.
Which one would you recommend to a beginner? Is there a difference with lighting needs? substrate?
Is there a difference between Monte Carlo and Baby Tears? I might have gotten them mixed up. I'm interested in Micranthemum 'Monte Carlo' but wouldn't mind hearing about baby tears as a carpet plant, too, if there is a difference.