The window is a floor to ceiling window, and the tank is on a sidetable right next to the window. I could probably update it for when I have to move the tank home, but for now it might be alright.
I'll pick some plants up (java fern, moss, any other suggestions?), root tabs, algae wafers, and my otos when I head to the store today then?
I really don't want the otos there for very long in petstore conditions.
Oh, I thought it was fertilizer. You don't need CO2, but it certainly does help the fish. Sand with root tabs is a good option though.
Nope. It's basically just crushed lava rock. There are a few more things in with it, but not anything overly beneficial. They do ship it wet, and claim the liquid contains beneficial bacteria already present, and water conditioner ... but without knowing how long it sat on the shelf and what kind of conditions it was stored in, i would assume the only benefit of the "included bacteria" is that it is now dead and has BECOME fertilizer.
I'll look into that too, I don't mind if it has to float.
If I plant it I'll need the root tabs, correct?
No, even though it gets planted, it feeds from the water column. That's why it does so well floating. Some stems do feed from the roots (in fact, most do), but all aquatic plants can feed from the water column to some extent. Really, I wouldn't add any ferts at all at this point, and just let the tank feed the plants. Later if you want to add an abundance of plants, or you aren't noticing the growth you want, you could investigate ferts.