Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Missouri united states
I use peat mixed with soil for it's ability to release humic acids which help to slightly soften water,lower pH a little, and it's ability to adsorb/hold nutrient's for longer mixed in soil which benefit's plants.
Lower lighting if not injecting CO2 or using supplement's like Excel ,and sufficient or slightly excess macro and micro nutrient's produce fairly consistent result's with the weed's for me and other's.
Begin with lot's of plants of the fast growing variety and those that do well under lower lighting.