Hello everyone, This is my first time on the forums, and it's great to be here. I am a newbie fish keeper and I have a lot of questions, but I'll start with just one. I am trying to set up my 10 gallon freshwater tank with plants as I am not a very big fan of artificial, plastic decorations. I have what I would call medium-sized gravel in there (I'd estimate an average pebble size of about 1/4 inch) with a depth of just about 2.5 inches. I also have fluorescent lighting, 15 W and 8,000K color temperature, according to the bulb. I would like to add plants that are suitable for a beginner in that they are fairly easy to grow and keep alive. However, I do not want my plants to be floating around the tank, I want them planted in the gravel. There is a fish store close by and they have a setup exactly like what I have in mind—beautiful plants firmly rooted in the gravel—albeit in a far larger tank, so I know there must be some vegetation that does that. What advice can you guys give me? What should I get and how should I keep it? Also, assuming that I am successful in this, how do I clean the gravel once things are growing? Carefully around the plants or not at all? Questions, questions... Oh, I have four Cherry Barbs in there right now, with plans to add a few more, if that makes a difference. Thank you everyone! - George EDIT: Gravel size was incorrectly listed as being 1/2 inch. The post has been edited to correctly reflect gravel size of 1/4 inch.