After years of procrastination, I have finally decided to go into keeping planted tanks.
A little background, my dad has been keeping freshwater fish since as far as I could remember, and my brother has been doing the same, with a recent foray into salt water tanks, so I have a decent idea of what is needed.
Anyways, I have recently ordered a 30G tank (36" x 12" x 16") from Miracles Aquarium.
Light: AquaticLife Dual Lamp T5 HO.
Filter: Eheim 2213 with Hydor Koralia 1 powerhead.
Subtrate: Seachem Flourite Black 21 kg
Heater: Rena Cal Top Light Excel Heater - 200W
CO2 and nutrients: Sistema natural plant system, and a bottle of APL Aquarium Pharmaceuticals.
Plants: Planning to have dwarf hair grass, maybe some HC, some marimo balls
Fauna: Planning to get red cherry shrimps, guppies, and a group of oto catfish.
Haven't decided on the larger plants yet, and thinking what kind of mid-level fish I should get.
Anyways, I will use this thread to document my tank building struggles, put in some suggestions to help a newbie out!
Update 1: More specific about gear, changed some fish.
Update 2: I am direct linking to my posts with pictures below:
Tank with Stand
Tank filled with water
First set up, with fish
Tank first planted with Dwarf Hairgrass
One week after planting, Oto and Male Guppy
Fish, including three guppies and a halfbeak