Hi all, I am in the process of setting up a new aquarium - a 36 gallon bowfront. While I am waiting for the driftwood to sink, I have been looking into what plants to get. I had a few plants in a previous aquarium, but this will be my first real planted tank, so I am hoping to get some advice. The tank is 19" deep, with a Finnex 24/7 light, which I intend to operate in 24 hour mode. There will be separate sand (1" deep in the center/front) and gravel (1" to 3" deep around the sides and back) areas. The plants will be located mainly along the sides and back, so in the gravel areas. I am looking to provide plants to provide security for the fish, but I also want to leave adequate open space for swimming. I am looking for easy care plants, and don't intend to add CO2. What I have come up with so far is: Background plants - along the back and sides: Amazon Sword in one back corner Corkscrew Vallisneria along the back Creeping Charlie along the opposite side from the Amazon Sword Middle plants: Scattered around the driftwood, still in (or on, in some cases) the gravel: Banana Plant A couple Cryptocoryne Wendtii Another Crypt? Basically, looking for a smaller plant that will have leaves at the end of stems. I could go with a Tiger Lotus, or just another Banana plant, though ideally I am hoping for something with smaller leaves. I am really open to suggestions here. Along the edge between the gravel and sand areas: Some Dwarf Sagittaria Several Anubias - not sure which kind would be best. Maybe Nana? Something with broad leaves that the little (dwarf) corys can nap on. Floating: Preferably Azolla, if I can find it, otherwise Duckweed. I will keep this somewhat thinned out. I understand that chickens may like them as a treat, so I don't mind that they will multiply, as long as they don't start taking over other areas of the aquarium than the surface, where they can be rounded up easily. Will any of these plants not be okay with the lighting? Any other issues I need to consider? I plan to use plant tabs, at least to get everything started, especially since there will be no fish to begin with. I will add more if/as needed. Which plants will benefit from root tabs? (I assume the Sword, the Vals, Crypts, Sag and Creeping Charlie?) Any suggestions on which tabs would be best to use with these plants? Any suggestions on liquid fertilizer (brand and frequency), to get started? I believe that I need to avoid Seachem's Excel (and I assume any liquid CO2) with crypts, correct? Thanks for any suggestions, advice or words of wisdom!