So I just got several plants on order for my 20 gal tank that I am setting up, and I kinda made an noob boo boo.
I found some plants I like and bought them. After they were on order I came to my senses and realized that like fish, I bet plants differ in as well in the way that you keep them. I have a bright Coral life 15 watt bulb (more info when I get home and can read the package) But it is what the LFS said is their best Plant light. So we will see if you guys agree. Anyways, here is what I got coming:
Vals, Corkscrew (Vallisneria americana)
Java Fern (Microsorium pteropus)
Ambulia (Limnophila indica)
From the quick research I have done I know that the swords, and the Ambulia need high amount of light and Rich substrate, The Val needs med light, and the java fern needs low light.
I imagine I won't be able to keep my java fern and swords + ambulia both healthy in the same tank, but what about the fern?
The 20 gal has fine sand substrate which I have just found out is not the best for plants due to compacting. Will it be ok if I just poke at the sand when I do my weekly water changes?
If none of these plants are ok for this tank I have 5 other tanks with gravel substrate and various fish that I can distribute them amongst. Also if there are better plants that would work in this tank, please let me know. thanks for the help!