So I'm finally getting my community off the ground. My water is 3dGH, 2dKH, and the pH from the tap is 7.5 (it will probably drop in this tank; at least I'm hoping it will). I'm currently using Flourish and will have (new) sand substrate. The lighting over the tank is a single tube T8 6500K bulb. I have the fish chosen: 10 kuhli loach, 12 cardinal tetra (possibly subject to change), and one thicklips gourami (weekly water changes 50%). But I still need some major help with the plants. I've attached a beautifully drawn aquascape plan. I know I will have driftwood, java fern (the dark banana-like things in my drawing) attached to driftwood, anubias. Now I need the community's help to choose a few more plants.
In the back right corner I had originally wanted to add vals, but upon learning they don't do well in my soft water, that idea was thrown out. I've been looking at either Aponogeton crispus
, Broad leafed sagittaria, or Dwarf sagittaria (upon hearing it could grow to 20 inches tall). Am I barking up the wrong tree here? I really have no clue about these as I've never had anything like them. I guess if I was choosing on appearance I would go with the dwarf sagittaria as those look more like the vals. Point is, which one would be best in my tank?
In the middle back I have what is supposed to illustrate a stem plant. For that plant I've been looking at either Bacopa monnieri
, Rotala indica
, or Pennywort. I know Pennywort should because it does okay in low/med light (not really too sure what mine is called). I like the look of the Rotala and Bacopa the best, but I don't know if they will do fine in my tank. As we don't have a profile for them (and finding plant info online is difficult) I'd really appreciate some personal experience with either the Bacopa or Rotala in med/low light.
And finally, the foreground plant which is so beautifully illustrated by the circle and arrow. Crypts maybe? This is the part where I have no clue what to put there. I had thought something like undulating crypt, Cryptocoryne pontederiifolia
, or tiger lotus. Basically I'm looking for a short-ish foreground plant. Not really a carpeting plant, just something in the foreground. Are any of these options good? What are some other good options?
As this is my first heavily planted aquarium, I'm trying to stay on the easy side. I don't mind if one of the plants presents a bit of a challenge, but I don't wanna need to micromanage the plants. I want to stick them in there and be done with them (aside from ferts). Fish have been and always will be the main focus of my hobby. And if you couldn't tell from my fish selection, I'm not looking for any kind of biotope setup.