I'm restarting my 10 gallon tank after my last fish (a platy) died. I've had him for almost two years, and after a week of mourning, I decided that I will restart the tank and use dirt.
I have a 10 gallon with two florescent lights: I'm not sure how many watts they have, but I'd estimate around 2-3 watts per gallon.
I tried growing aponogetons and red lilies before, but they died off, probably because they ran out of the food in their bulb and because of the plain gravel substrate. I also have a marimo moss ball which is 3 inches in diameter.
What types of plants would you recommend for this tank? Also, I've read about mineralizing soil or soaking it for a few days before adding to the tank. Should I do this?
Also, the temperature outside is below 30 F. Should I hold off on setting up the tank? Or would it be ok to put the dirt in then wait a while?
Thanks all for your help!