Ok, I am going to set up a small tank, max size would probably be 20 gallons, gotta ask my RA.
Occupants: pair of German Blue rams, 5 dwarf rainbows, 5 rummy nose tetras, 7 neon/cardinal tetras, 3 small corys, and maybe a few other fish, but those will be in there for sure.
As far as the aquascaping goes:
Substrate: Black moon sand and maybe a few rocks.
Decor: A piece of driftwood that can appear to be almost like the trunk of a tree with roots, located near the center and a bit further back in the tank. Two branch-like pieces of driftwood pointing towards the front center of the tank with multiple branches sticking out to create a slightly wild look. Hopefully I can get java moss and java fern to grow on these pieces.
Plants: I'm not too sure yet, but nothing too fancy. It's gonna have to be low lighting plants, I want to create a sort of mountain to valley effect, Taller plants on the outside moving in to shorter grass-like plants in the center. I don't want anything that would require a CO2 emitter (Don't really want the plants to grow super fast, just thick enough to create a nice natural look). I know that I'm going to have java moss and java fern for sure since this will be my first real planted fish tank, but can anyone help me in trying to figure out what other plants to get that'll do well and help create the look that I'm going for?
I was thinking about using a Nano cube, but being a college student, those are a bit too expensive for my budget. XP Unless I could buy one off of a member on here, lol.
Please help me out with this, I would appreciate it, thanks.
And I apologize if I'm not being too clear about what I want, cause I have no idea what I'm talking about when it comes to plants, despite being in the hobby of raising fish ever since I was 7.