We have decided to get our kids a 75g tank for Christmas and I want to do live plants. Very excited about this but this is our first tank in a long time!
From the research we have done I was planning on a 1.5 inch layer of flourite and topping that with a 1inch layer of black sand (love the pop of colour it gives everything!).
Because this is in the planning stage right now we don't have filters or lights yet so I can't give you that information. Should be picking it up in the next week or two though and will hide it in the garage. This gives us time to get a few things set up and ready before the big reveal!
I am completely overwhelmed by the plant choices though and would love your advice on some good plants to look at, my husband says I have a black thumb, so hardy species might be a good idea ;) I want to keep the tank natural looking so will probably have 1 or 2 pieces of "driftwood" type decorations in there and not much else (kids may want to add something though haha).
The fish we are planning to put in there are;
Swordtail (1 male 3-4 female)
White cloud mountain minnows
We know that we have some livebearers in our choices so I was thinking so java moss would be a good idea for the fry. Beyond that though I am not sure!
Also, this is probably a really dumb question, but when you are live planting do you need to adjust stock levels? I have been using Aqadvisor to estimate how many of the above we can have, but I wasn't sure how the plants would affect the bio load of the tank.