Just joined the site since I recently decided that I was going to turn one of my aquariums into a potted CP tank...after seeing pics from a member of an aquaria site that I frequently visit, I have become practically addicted.
I have either a 10 or a 15 gallon to work with. It depends on whether I can upgrade my current 15 gallon to a 20L. The extra footprint would always be nice, but I think the 10 gallon would suffice.
Anyways, I've narrowed down my plants list to:
Maybe a P. moctezumae if there is room but I'm not going to be heart broken if there isn't. I've read and been told that these plants are on the easier side.
I'm more concerned about the tank setup itself.
Lighting: I was pretty sure beforehand that aquarium lighting wouldn't cut it. I was told that something like this would work. Really, I'm looking for the cheapest option possible.
Substrate: This is where I'm most lost. I've been toying with the idea of using live sphagnum moss or at least seeing if long fiber sphagnum would start growing again. Is this even a good idea? Would the sphagnum need a thin layer of the milled form or maybe just peat moss on the bottom then? Would this help with humidity as well or is there a better option? There are so many different setups out there I'm confused as to what is commonly advised and what doesn't actually work. I'd really like something else to be growing and give a more full terrarium look than just have the pots.
Thanks for all the help in advance!