Thankfully I never made the mistake of the colored substrate, but I still have river rocks in many of my earlier tanks which doesn't work well with the plants.
The moss is actually sort of capping the end of a piece of driftwood. There is about a baseball sized swatch with a bunch of shrimp living in there.
I'm still trying to get a handle on the light. I have 2 T5HO bulbs which some have said was "high light". I thought it was more medium light. Anyway, I have an additional 1 bulb T5HO GLO unit I was planning on putting on the tank if I need it when the co2 kicks in.
One of the things I struggle with right now is that with a 30" tank, the ends are a bit shadier which is emphasized in the pics. The GLO unit will let me put it off center, so I'll be able to position it for better placement over the stems on the far right.
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