Hello, I plan to set up an Amazon tank, with South American plants only. I plan to get alot of plants right off the bat so I don't have to cycle it. I have heard of CO2 but, crazy as it sounds, I don't even know what it does.
Also, I don't know what kind of lighting the tank will have, but it probably doesn't have enough to keep the plants alive. Right now, I have a java fern and some apogeton bulbs that are doing fine. I have had them for a while. They are just living off the sunlight that fills my room.
I will open a thread about the specifics but I am looking at haveing just SA tetras and cories and maybe a school of marbled hatchets. I know that some of those fish like plants that hang over the top of the water. If you know any SA plants that match that description, please let me know.
I will meet my friend-with-the-tank thursday, so I can inform y'all on the size then. I will try to use Redchigh's soil substrate method. I need a source of lighting better than sunlight, though. I am clueless when it come to aquarium lighting.
If you know great SA plants, post it. If you can explain CO2 accurately, post it. If you have any lighting suggestions, post it. Thanks!