I'm going to be converting my 10g into a NPT (maybe not for a few weeks). But, in the meantime, I'd like to get the plants I want all sorted out and written down. ^^
So far on my list:
Corkscrew vallisneria (sp?)
Frogbit or duckweed
I'd like to get microsword or dwarf hairgrass, but I've read that they need injected Co2 to thrive and create a carpet.
Does anyone have any foreground plant suggestions?
I haven't tried growing glosso without co2, and even when having co2 my medium lighting was making it grow upwards.
Hc (dwarf baby tears) is a hit or miss with some people, some can grow lush carpets of the stuff with just proper lighting(high light) and no co2. As for me I have hc in medium light, co2 injected and it's barely thriving.
On the potting soil you can get a small bag and it will be perfectly fine for a 10 gal. I usually use 1 1/4 inch soil to 1 1/2 sand cap. It's more preference for me on how much soil to use.
I think I've located the stores with the plants I plan to get now. Now it's just deciding whether to got ahead and convert to NPT now while it's divided, or wait until I only have one boy in it. I don't have an extra heater to put in the 5 gal. :/
Wow everything looks yellow xD That's what I get for using my tablet camera.
I've moved Gallifrey to a planted bowl (poor baby) for now. His fins are still healing and I can keep an eye on him easier. My 5 gal quarantine broke xP. I could kick myself.
I'll tie my java moss to the driftwood asap. ^^ I can't wait for it to start filling in!
Looks great! Those plants will fill in nicely. My only suggestion is to use a wee bit more sand in your sand cap. I see a few places where the potting soil is too close to the surface for my comfort, and it could give you a hassle during water changes (which, by the way, should be done by placing a plate down on the sand first and pouring water directly onto the plate).
As for foreground plants that do well without high tech, have you considered pellia or subwassertang? It's the loveliest green color, fish and inverts enjoy hiding in it, you can arrange it however you want and it doubles in quantity every month. This doesn't seem like a lot if you start with a small sample, but by the 5th or 6th month it's really impressive. And it also doesn't block out other plants, it just sits wherever you've put it, and doesn't grow upwards much. I think I started with a half a cup around a year ago, and now I have a sizable amount of the stuff. It's still my favorite plant, and it requires very little light or nutrients to thrive.