Hey guys! Some of you may remember me? It has been awhile since I have been on the forum. Reason being, I haven't had anything to talk about, and frankly I've been sad about, well...
Recently I've moved. I used to have a beautiful 55 gallon Amazonian Bio-type that was low-tech and nicely planted. Unfortunately with the move, I couldn't keep up with the tank. There wasn't any room for the tank at the new house. Didn't lose many fish at all, but I lost all the plants, etc. It was a work in progress, not a complete low-tech setup.
Anyways, after the move, I have had to downsize my hobby to 2 small tanks. 123 gallons of water in my golden days, and now I am down to just 13 (a 10 and a 3). I have been really upset about this for a long time. I left a lot of my plants at the other house just to die I guess.
Tonight I decided that I was going to start a low-tech setup for my 10 gallon tank! I don't know why I didn't think about it before! I went to my old house and salvaged all the old plants I could (large java fern+small, aponogeton bulbs that still looked alive, some anacharis, and maybe some baby Amazon Sword, couldn't tell). I also grabbed the 18w 6,500k flouresent. I brought it home and stuck it all in a tank. Added a little bit too much Flourish, and turned on the lights. Text cannot describe how excited I am!
I want to make this an Asian Biotype. I know most of the plants I have in there aren't Asian. I eventually want to add a Gold Gourami after I stabilize the tank.
I just had a few questions.
It has been so long since my "golden days" of fishkeeping. I have completely forgotten my knowledge of plants. I was wondering what some pretty popular/hardy Asian plants were. I was wondering if someone could give just a few examples.
Also, I know Dwarf-hairgrass is mainly considered to be native to North America. I have always heard that you need CO2 if you are going to keep it. Is there any way to keep hairgrass in a small low-tech setup without CO2?
Lastly, I really want to add a bunch of plants in the tank. I have never ordered plants online, but I really would like to. I am wondering if anyone knows any good sites that are reputable, have a decent amount of stock, and won't charge an arm and a leg for shipping? I'd rather not pay for Next Day Air if I can help it. I've heard of other people shipping other people plants for under $10.
Any advice or information would be greatly appreciated! I would really like to get back into the hobby, and this would be a really neat way to do it!