Here are some good places to start, in no particular order.
The rec.aquari.freshwater.plants newsgroup
The Aquatic Plants Digest list: http://www.actwin.com/fish/aquatic-plants/index.php
Chuck Gadd's site: http://www.csd.net/~cgadd/aqua/index.htm
GCAS Plant Links page: http://www.gcas.org/links/Plants/
The Krib Plant FAQ: http://faq.thekrib.com/plant.html
I am in the process of setting up a rainbow planted tank much like the one that Chuck
has. It was a real nightmare in the begining (too much light + too many nutrients = algae
blooms the size of Jupiter) but now that things are under control it is great.
> I see a lot of different info for setting up an aquarium with plants.
> When I set up my 55G tank in June, I would like to have plants that go
> well with bows (and barbs!). I searched the archives but didn't find
> the info I need. I have always used plastic plants. I need some really
> basic info to help me get started, including light requirements,
> gravel/sand etc.
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