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So, I've got the water in the tank along with substrate (went with the Caribsea instant) two heaters and an Eheim classic. The heaters ...
So, I've got the water in the tank along with substrate (went with the Caribsea instant) two heaters and an Eheim classic. The heaters and filter are on. I've got a rock that was in another tank that had goldfish in it. It hasn't been in water for about a month and has just sat dry. Is it safe to use? I bought a piece of driftwood online and it's a heavy dark wood and I'm soaking it in the sink overnight in regular tap water with prime. Will it be OK to put into tank after rinsing off?
What's next for this setup? I've got lights as well - enough to grow plants. Plants next? how many should I go with? (It's a 45 gallon).
I added some of my driftwood after soaking it in a bucket (my big bit was too big to soak first so it went straight in). Depending on the type of wood, you might find that it will release tannins which will turn your water yellow. My big driftwood also floated at first so I tied it to a rock. I've only just recently taken it off the rock. You might need to tether your wood if it floats.
Yes, you could put some plants in now. What sort and how many is up to you. What do you like? What sort of look are you going for? Some of the plant sellers have "packs" of an assortment for particular sized tanks. If you look at their sites you might get some ideas as to what varieties and numbers to get.