White sand vs gravel?! *ish confused*
What kind of sand is it? Some people prefer gravel, some prefer sand - I like sand better, but that's an entirely personal preference! As long as the sand is inert and won't shift your water parameters, it shouldn't pose much of a problem in your tank. If you have fish that dig/burrow, the sand could *possibly* pose a problem if it is very fine/lightweight. . . I've used pool filter sand and common (cheeeap!) play sand in my tanks with no problems. . .
Bummer about the moss balls!!! >.> Some people will do anything to make a buck!
Is your plan to cycle fish-less with ammonia before adding stock/plants?
You can definitely learn a lot about the plants and their needs without Co2 for a year or so before 'upgrading' to a Co2 system!
Can't wait to follow your journey!
I love the sand but have grown to like the gravel, it makes it look more interesting and less bland (the sand was a brilliant white.) The place I got the sand from said it has no real effect on the water the next time I went in but by then it was too late.
As for the aquarium that sold me the fake moss balls and told me I need to use gravel as opposed to sand, never going to that place again. (Shame out of all of the fish shops they had the best looking bettas).
I haven't particularly liked the java moss that I've seen and hopefully I'll be able to find some proper
marimo moss. Might take out the fake moss but I kinda like it because its on a stone and floats half-way up the tank.
I'll probably end up doing one of the following:
Not use CO2 at all
Not use CO2 and get proper CO2 in a years time
Use DIY CO2 and upgrade
Use DIY CO2 and keep it
In the end, I'll probably get some sort of CO2 system though.
Now all I need to do is wait for my bank transfer to complete so I can buy some Pheonix Moss and other similar things! :)
As for the cycling, I am doing it with fish food and shrimp while doing water changes and using the bottled bacteria, should only take 3 days to cycle (I hope!)