02-16-2009, 11:40 PM
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welcome to the forum.
its looking nice, what size tank? i suggest dosing a liquid fertilizer of some sort and prob. wouldnt hurt to use root tabs as well. the moss isnt going to need the root tabs but just about anything with roots will esp. swords. what kind of lights do you have? bulbs, watts, kelvin?
if the tank wasnt full i would suggest taping it off and directly painting the back glass with spray paint. since it already is, painting something then putting it along the back works just fine. if you really wanted to you could even paint one of the already made aquarium back drops, but those tend to be expensive. they do make them in black and blue but im a fan of just painting the tank.
when the time comes that you want to switch out the gravel your going to want to do it very slowly, over a period of weeks to a month (atleast) the slower the better. remove a small amount, add new substrate, wait, remove small amount, add new substrate. this is so your good bacteria has a chance to establish in the new stuff without going through a mini-cylce or a completely new cycle for that matter.