I'm new here and fairly new to planted aquariums in general. I would appreciate some expert advice about my next step.
I had a fairly simple set-up with a variety of plants but having left my aquarium in the charge of my flatmate whilst I was on vacation, my return yielded multiple dead plants and a massive BBA problem. The algae had covered all the plants left alive and had firmly attached itself to all my rocks, wood and hardware.
This has prompted an overhaul of the aquarium and I want your advice on what I can do better this time given my equipment and conditions. Any tips on how I can do some interesting aquascaping will be welcome.
Here is what I have:
125 litre glass tank
ex700 tetratec canister filter
6 fantails ( i know these fish are really not ideal for a planted tank but I brought them when I had less of a clue about what I was doing then now!) - They eat delicate plants and hair grass etc
High pH hard water (South-west of England, so standard)
Home made yeast-based CO2 system (im cheap)
I want a more natural look save just throwing all the plants in randomly. I suppose a good start would be to find some decent driftwood?
Shall I also change the substrate and the gravel that is already in the tank? The last thing I want is the BBA to return and massacre everything again.