Originally Posted by allengw12345
I have CF lights but I might get a lower K and a less powerful one.
For the gravel its your standard gravel, not sure if there are specific types but like little pebbles? I will probably get somthing finer.
And for the plants are there specific ones that my fish will particularly enjoy?
Thanks a bunch!
Also bringing my water in to be tested this weekend
On the light, a CFL Daylight with 6500K is perfect for planted tanks. Over a 10g, I use two 10w bulbs. The plants do well, and i see no algae trouble in this tank.
On the substrate, sounds like what we call pea gravel, as the grains are about the size of a pea. I would change it, not only for the plants but for the corys who really do best over sand, so why n to change to sand. I use Quikrete Play Sand available from Home Depot or Lowe's, and probably elsewhere. One bag will be more than enough, but it is only a few dollars.
For plants, to plant in the substrate, you have Corkscrew Vallisneria, pygmy chain sword, chain sword. [You see the names shade, click them for the profile with photos and data.] If you have bits of wood (you should, the fish mentioned all like wood around them) you can attach Anubias, Java Fern, Java Moss. Floating, look at Water Sprite, Brazilian Pennywort. These suggestions will all manage fine with the light suggested, they are easy, and provide some nice contrast. The Vallisneria does not do as well in soft water, so when you know the GH that will help.