02-12-2007, 10:54 AM
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Slate should work well if you want some rock caves and whatnot. Also driftwood... looks good with java moss growing on it and gives the fishies a place to hide.
As for substrate, natural gravel usually looks a lot better than that painted looking stuff. You can use a fine gravel mixed with laterite or Fluorite... or all Fluorite. I personally use a 50/50 gravel and Fluorite mix and fertilize the roots every once in awhile.
The plants most people have success with are crypts, swords, java fern, anubias, vallisneria, ludwiga, wisteria, java moss, sagittaria, hygrophila, and Christmas moss. These are relatively undemanding so long as they have sufficient light and a little fertilization (especially swords).