Well this is my first go around with live plants. My past few tanks have just been simple hardscapes since i was keeping discus.
Tank: mr. Aqua 48 gallon
Substrate: pfs for right now will be switching to ada power sand and aqua soil
Lighting: diy 24x3w leds 12x6500k 12x4500k
Plants: bacopa, telanthera, narrowleaf java fern, cyperus helferi, and some moss on the driftwood.
Fish: 5 f1 altums, 30+ cardinals, 6 otos
Co2: 10lb tank, running at roughly 3bps
Dosing: flourish, excel, aquavitro n&p
My near future plans for the tank are to change out the substrate for powersand and aquasoil, just nervous cause of an ammonia spike as my fish were not cheap. Also plan on having a full dwarf hairgrass carpet and maybe adding some form of rotala or ludwigia. The only real probalem that i think i have right now is brown fuzzy algae on leaves and the plants are barely starting to bounce back now that ive added co2. I. Sure they will benefit from a good substrate as i am not using root tabs with the pfs. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Will try and update at i move along with this experiment of growing plants or algae.