Hello! I am starting out completely new to the fish world.. and decided that I would like to try a couple live plants when I set up the tank. I purchased am Aqua Fern 4" and one that says assorted Anubias. What should I know about these types of plants? So far I have only purchased gravel. Do I need sand also? And how much? It will be a 10 gal tank. I have already purchased 10 pounds of gravel. Also, lighting? Do I need particular lighting for these plants? I made a pretty uneducated purchase. Hopefully I can make these work.
Do I need to feed/fertilize these too? Basically ANY help you can give me will be helpful. I am clueless!! I will be purchasing a betta for this tank, once it has been set up a while.
Aqua fern can mean a variety of things, if you can post a picture (Go to advanced and the paper clip). Anubias is an awesome plant! You don't need special lighting for anubias, but if you want any other plants, get a 6500k plant bulb. Then you would be able to grow many more plants like anacharis, wisteria, water sprite, crypts, rotala, najas/guppy grass, java fern, amazon sword, and ludwigia have all worked well for me or others in low light.
gravel or sand works, but if you want other plants, again, you are going to need at least 20 pounds for a standard 10 gallon tank. Have about 1.5-2 inches in front of the tank and then move to 2-2.5 inches or so. You want to slope the substrate for some added depth and plants need room to spread their roots.
A fert like API Leaf Zone is fine for lowlight, but only get it if you get more plants like the ones I listed.
Stay away from most plants in the tubes, anubias and java fern are fine, the other things tend to be semiaquatic. Mondo grass, ribbon plant, bamboo, and a couple others are not truely aquatic. Stick to the plants I recommended so you have a chnace to have a nice planted tank.
I really like that anacharis plant.. i am thinking about ordering some of that to add in to my setup. However by the time I order it, I plan to already have the rest set up and my fish in there also. Is it hard to add a plant to a current setup? Also.. will I need sand for the anacharis to root? Or will it be fine in gravel? So if I get that, I will have that and the anubias. Will I need a fert having these two?
I highly recommend fine gravel. I forgot where they can be found.... but there are brand that offer fine gravel as opposed to the large graind gravel. they are non floaty, and are much more forgiving than sand when you are trying to move things around :)
but if you already bought gravel it will be fine to use that XD
make sure when you clean the tank to avoid plant roots and such